The Modular Manual Browser is a set of PHP scripts designed as a man/apropos work-alike. It indexes manual pages across different operating systems and displays them in a searchable database in a Web browser. It is easy to set up and includes highlighting, linking support in man pages, browsing and searching of pages, categories, and manuals. It can also optionally set up a database containing descriptions of pages from the page titles.

The modman project was started in mid-2003 to fill the void left by other online manual pagers. I wanted to create something that could not only index many operating system documentation sets, but also scale down and allow simple setups with very little config. The current incarnation supports a page description database, as well as apropos-style searching and any combination of Manual/Page/Section searching and browsing.

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modman in Action!


If you would like me to add your installation to the above list or even if you just have a patch or a question about a new feature, then you may contact me via e-mail at inittab AT unixdev.net.

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