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A manual page should start with a NAME section, which lists the program name and a brief description. The NAME section is used to generate a database that can be queried by commands like apropos and whatis. You are seeing this tag because lexgrog was unable to parse the NAME section.

Manual pages for multiple programs, functions, or files should list each separated by a comma and a space, followed by - and a common description.

Listed items may not contain any spaces. A manual page for a two-level command such as fs listacl must look like fs_listacl so the list is read correctly.

For more information please consult:

The tag is present in Lintian version 2.114.163. That is the most recent version we know about.

We use semantic versions. The patch number is a commit step indicator relative to the 2.112.0 release tag in our Git repository.

You can find the detection logic for this version at commit 131c0f4. For merge requests, please use the latest version in the Lintian check documentation/manual.

Visibility: warning

Renamed from:
  • manpage-has-bad-whatis-entry

The following 234 source packages in the archive triggered the tag 5898 times (in any Lintian version).

We found 327 overrides. The tag performed 94% of the time.