As our web hosting technician recovered our Linux/Debian squeeze system, I've lost man exetubable. The symptom is:

 # ls -l /usr/bin/man
 lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 17 Oct 11  2011 /usr/bin/man -> ../lib/man-db/man

so /usr/bin/man points to /usr/lib/man-db/man

# ls -l /usr/lib/man-db/man
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 13 Aug 12  2012 /usr/lib/man-db/man -> ../../bin/man

So I've no more hard man binary, but two redundant man symlinks pointing one to another.

My question is, how can I recover the man binary, and from which deb package?

1 Answer 1


From the man-db package.

Just remove the symlinks, and run:

apt-get purge man-db
apt-get install man-db
  • I've just done those two lines and my "man" works now perfectly. Thank you very much and good Sunday.
    – jacouh
    Oct 9, 2016 at 13:32

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