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MAKEWHATIS(8)           OpenBSD System Manager's Manual          MAKEWHATIS(8)

     makewhatis - create a whatis.db database

     makewhatis [-p] [manpath ...]
     makewhatis [-p] -d manpath files ...
     makewhatis [-p] -u manpath files ...
     makewhatis [-p] -t files

     makewhatis strips the NAME lines from compiled or raw man(1) pages and
     creates a whatis.db database (that is, a subject index) for use with
     apropos(1), whatis(1), and man(1)'s -k option.  If manpath is unspeci-
     fied, makewhatis by default creates databases for each directory prefixed
     by the _whatdb keyword in /etc/man.conf.  Man pages compressed with
     compress(1) and gzip(1) are uncompressed before processing.

     If the -d option is used, makewhatis merges the description of files with
     an existing whatis.db database in manpath.

     If the -u option is used, makewhatis removes the description of files
     from an existing whatis.db database in manpath.

     If the -p option is used, makewhatis is less forgiving and warns about
     incorrect man pages.

     The -t option can be used to check a set of potential man pages without
     changing any whatis.db database.

     whatis.db      index to man pages in directory
     /etc/man.conf  man configuration information

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

     makewhatis should parse /etc/man.conf and deal with extra configuration
     information.  In particular, it does not handle nroff(1) me format.
     Likewise, its use of heuristics to retrieve subjects from most man pages
     is not 100% accurate.

OpenBSD 3.6                    October 17, 1997                              1