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MAKEMANDB(8)                System Manager's Manual               MAKEMANDB(8)

     makemandb -- parse the manual pages and build a search index over them

     makemandb [-floQqv] [-C path]

     The makemandb utility traverses the directories containing man pages,
     parses the manual pages with the help of libmandoc and builds an Sqlite
     database man.db to support full text searches.  It obtains the list of
     directories to traverse using the -path and -p options of man(1).

     It supports the following options:

     -C path
             Use different man(1) configuration file than the default,

     -f      Force rebuilding the index from scratch, pruning the existing

     -l      Limit the parsing to only the NAME section of the pages.  This
             option can be used to mimic the behavior of the classic
             apropos(1) and also to substantially save disk space.

     -o      Use this option to optimize the index for speed and also to
             significantly reduce disk space usage.  This is a somewhat
             expensive operation.

     -Q      Print only fatal error messages (i.e., when the database is left
             in an inconsistent state and needs manual intervention).

     -q      Print only warnings and error messages but no status updates.

     -v      Enable verbose output.  This prints the name of every file being
             parsed and a summary at the end of the index update.

     As the database file is stored under /var/db, root privileges are
     required to run makemandb.

     The name of the FTS table is mandb and its schema is as follows:

           section        The section number of the page
           name           The name of the page from the NAME section.
           name_desc      The one line description from the NAME section.
           desc           The DESCRIPTION section.
           lib            The LIBRARY section.
           return_vals    The RETURN VALUES section.
           env            The ENVIRONMENT section.
           files          The FILES section.
           exit_status    The EXIT STATUS section.
           diagnostics    The DIAGNOSTICS section.
           errors         The ERRORS section.
           md5_hash       MD5 checksum of the man page.
           machine        The machine architecture (if any) for which the man
                          page is relevant.

     /var/db/man.db The Sqlite FTS database which contains an index of the
                     manual pages.

     apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1), man.conf(5)

     Abhinav Upadhyay

NetBSD 6.1.5                    August 29, 2012                   NetBSD 6.1.5