MirOS Manual: makewhatis(8)

MAKEWHATIS(8)            BSD 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 unspecified,
     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. Like-
     wise, its use of heuristics to retrieve subjects from most man pages is
     not 100% accurate.

MirOS BSD #10-current          October 17, 1997                              1

Generated on 2017-04-03 16:26:17 by $MirOS: src/scripts/roff2htm,v 1.88 2017/01/29 00:51:06 tg Exp $

These manual pages and other documentation are copyrighted by their respective writers; their source is available at our CVSweb, AnonCVS, and other mirrors. The rest is Copyright © 2002–2017 The MirOS Project, Germany.
This product includes material provided by mirabilos.

This manual page’s HTML representation is supposed to be valid XHTML/1.1; if not, please send a bug report — diffs preferred.