Groff: can't find `DESC' file


#1

I’m not sure when it started but I believe pretty recently, I am unable to use some tools that use groff. The error I am getting is:

groff: can’t find `DESC’ file

groff:fatal error: invalid device `utf8’

I did some poking around and looked at /usr/share/groff_font/devutf8/, and indeed, there is no DESC there, there is nothing.

I do get files in /usr/local/share/groff/... if I install groff via pkg but I haven’t successfully gotten groff to read them. And seems like one shouldn’t have to do that anyways.

Has anyone seen this?


#2

An odd thing I forgot to mention is that man ls works fine, but man groff gives me that error.

Also, I just tried several boot environments and the first one this worked on again (going backwards from the latest release) is 12.0-CURRENT-up-20170704_044036.

I am on UNSTABLE.


#3

I’m now seeing this on the latest STABLE:

$ man bash
groff: can't find `DESC' file
groff:fatal error: invalid device `ascii'
$ which bash
/usr/local/bin/bash
$ about

===================
General information
===================

boot environment now (N) … 12.0-CURRENT-up-20171215_184848 NR 2017-12-15
       after restart (R) … 12.0-CURRENT-up-20171215_184848 NR 2017-12-15
boot loader …………………………………… BSD
            type ……………………… EFI
CPU ………………………………………………………… Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-1620 v3 @ 3.50GHz
    number of cores ……………… 8
host ……………………………………………………… fluffy.tuffli.net
memory ………………………………………………… 16384 MB available, 13272 MB free
OS git branch ……………………………………………………………………………………… trueos-stable-17.12
OS git revision ………………………………………………………………………………… d26791952
OS kernel build time ………………………………………………………… Sat 2017 Dec 9 18:10:09 UTC
OS kernel identity …………………………………………… (uname -i) GENERIC
OS platform (architecture) ……………………… (uname -m) amd64
OS release level ………………………………………………… (uname -r) 12.0-CURRENT
OS version and patch level …… (freebsd-version) 12.0-CURRENT
TrueOS package set ………………… STABLE
TrueOS version …………………………… TrueOS-Desktop-201712111405
uptime ………………………………………………… 10:53
user  …………………………………………………… ctuffli

More (TrueOS Desktop):

    desktop environment …… Lumina
    sound card driver ………… pcm0: <NVIDIA GT21x (HDMI/DP 8ch)> (play) default
    wireless driver ……………… 
    X11 drivers ………………………… nvidia_drv.so

#4