Bug 223522 - `whatis .’ returns random results
Summary: `whatis .’ returns random results
Status: New
Alias: None
Product: Base System
Classification: Unclassified
Component: bin (show other bugs)
Version: CURRENT
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Only Me
Assignee: freebsd-bugs mailing list
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Reported: 2017-11-08 10:47 UTC by Wolfram Schneider
Modified: 2017-11-08 10:47 UTC (History)
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Description Wolfram Schneider freebsd_committer 2017-11-08 10:47:52 UTC
Running whatis for the single character “a” works fine:

$ whatis a
a.out(5) - format of executable binary files

But running whatis with a single dot returns random results. It includes “a.out”, but many manpages which don’t have a ‘.’ in the name

$ whatis  . | head -8
whatis .|head -8
c++filt(1) - decode C++ symbols
w(1) - display who is logged in and what they are doing
config.guess-2.69(1) - guess the build system triplet
config.sub-2.69(1) - validate and canonicalize a configuration triplet
ifnames-2.69(1) - Extract CPP conditionals from a set of files
a.out(5) - format of executable binary files
rtld, ld-elf.so.1, ld.so(1) - run-time link-editor
gittutorial-2(7) - A tutorial introduction to Git: part two