catman(8) Manual pager utils catman(8)
catman - create or update the pre-formatted manual pages
catman [-dhV] [-M path] [-C file] [section] ...
catman is used to create an up to date set of pre-formatted manual
pages known as cat pages. Cat pages are generally much faster to dis-
play than the original manual pages, but require extra storage space.
The decision to support cat pages is that of the local administrator,
who must provide suitable directories to contain them.
The options available to catman are the manual page hierarchies and
sections to pre-format. The default hierarchies are those specified as
system hierarchies in the man-db configuration file, and the default
sections are either the colon-delimited contents of the environment
variable $MANSECT or the standard set compiled into man if $MANSECT is
undefined. Supplying catman with a set of whitespace-delimited section
names will override both of the above.
catman makes use of the index database cache associated with each hier-
archy to determine which files need to be formatted.
Print debugging information.
-M path, --manpath=path
Specify an alternate colon-delimited manual page hierarchy
search path. By default, this is all paths indicated as system
hierarchies in the man-db configuration file.
-C file, --config-file=file
Use this user configuration file rather than the default of
Print a help message and exit.
Display version information.
If $MANSECT is set, its value is a colon-delimited list of sec-
tions and it is used to determine which manual sections to
search and in what order.
If $MANPATH is set, its value is interpreted as the colon-delim-
ited manual page hierarchy search path to use.
man-db configuration file.
A traditional global index database cache.
An alternate or FSSTND compliant global index database cache.
man(1), manpath(5), mandb(8).
Fabrizio Polacco (fpolaccoATdebian.org).
2.4.2 2003-09-20 catman(8)