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NAME

       catman - create or update the pre-formatted manual pages

SYNOPSIS

       catman [-d?V] [-M path] [-C file] [section] ...

DESCRIPTION

       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 display 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 hierarchy to determine which files need to be formatted.

OPTIONS

       -d, --debug
              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 ~/.manpath.

       -?, --help
              Print a help message and exit.

       --usage
              Print a short usage message and exit.

       -V, --version
              Display version information.

ENVIRONMENT

       MANSECT
              If $MANSECT is set, its value is a colon-delimited list of sections and it is used to determine which manual sections to search and in what order.  The default is "1 n l 8 3 2 3posix 3pm 3perl 3am 5  4  9  6
              7", unless overridden by the SECTION directive in /etc/manpath.config.

       MANPATH
              If $MANPATH is set, its value is interpreted as the colon-delimited manual page hierarchy search path to use.

FILES

       /etc/manpath.config
              man-db configuration file.

       /usr/man/index.(bt|db|dir|pag)
              A traditional global index database cache.

       /var/catman/index.(bt|db|dir|pag)
              An alternate or FSSTND compliant global index database cache.

SEE ALSO

       man(1), manpath(5), mandb(8)

AUTHOR

       Wilf. (G.Wilford@ee.surrey.ac.uk).
       Fabrizio Polacco (fpolacco@debian.org).
       Colin Watson (cjwatson@debian.org).