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z/os USS: 'man' fails to read bookmaster

 
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:59 pm    Post subject: z/os USS: 'man' fails to read bookmaster
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Greetings all, I suspect I need some help looking behind the USS curtain at z/os itself -

we have two z/OS instances; on one the 'man' command finds input content, formats and displays it and caches the results. All good:

Code:
SYS$JB:/VERSYSB/usr/man/C/man1: >man -x date
Trying /usr/man/C/cat1/date.1
Trying /var/man/C/date.1.*
Trying /usr/man/C/man1/*.book
        Trying /usr/man/C/man1/bpxa5mst.book
        Looking for topic "date" in /usr/man/C/man1/bpxa5mst.book
        And converting to codepage 1047
  date -- Display the date and time
...


On the other, it can't find the input content, so for example 'man date' says it can't find any content for 'date':

Code:
TEST4:/u/test4: >man -x date
Trying /usr/man/C/cat1/date.1
Trying /var/man/C/date.1.*
Trying /usr/man/C/man1/*.book
        Trying /usr/man/C/man1/bpxa5mst.book
        Looking for topic "date" in /usr/man/C/man1/bpxa5mst.book
        And converting to codepage 1047
        Can't read this book. bookread() reported error: 112105
        Trying /usr/man/C/man1/fcxd3m10.book
        Looking for topic "date" in /usr/man/C/man1/fcxd3m10.book
        And converting to codepage 1047
        Can't read this book. bookread() reported error: 112105
...


apparently failing to chew the Bookmaster input. The bpxa5mst.book files on the two systems have the same checksums.

Any ideas ? I'm guessing that there's an issue with Bookmaster config, but I sit on the *IX side of the house so it's just a guess.
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Robert Sample

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 2:21 am    Post subject:
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The message about converting to codepage 1047 makes me wonder if the manuals weren't loaded correctly.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply to: z/os USS: 'man' fails to read bookmaster
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There's a reference to that error-code here:
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:55 am    Post subject:
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First of all, Bookmanager book files are not Bookmaster data; they are an entirely separate data format created from true Bookmaster data by using the Bookmanager/Build product. Second, these files are true binary data and can only be transferred as binary data. Any attempt to transfer them as text data will just corrupt the data.

I don't know anything about this MAN program. If the files it tried to read are not valid Bookmanager files, which can easily happen if they were not transferred correctly, it's going to break. Another possibility is the program cannot read Bookmanager book files.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply to: z/os USS: 'man' fails to read bookmaster
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I thought I'd edited this one into my previous...
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