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       dwww - access documentation via WWW




       A typical Linux system has documentation in many formats (manual pages,
       Info files, READMEs, and so on).  dwww makes it possible to access  all
       of  these  via the same interface, a WWW browser.  This makes it easier
       to use the documentation.

       dwww consists of several programs:

              Run by the WWW server when  user  requests  document  via  dwww.
              Parses the request and runs dwww-convert(8) or dwww-find(8) with
              suitable  arguments.   Installed   in   the   server's   cgi-bin

              Converts any document to HTML.

              Auxiliary program to convert man pages or text files to HTML.

              Searches for documentation.

              Used  by  dwww-find(8)  to  quickly find which package a program
              belongs to.

              Manages the cache of converted documents.

              Cleans outdated documents from the cache.

              Builds static  lists  of  manual  pages.   Needs  to  be  re-run
              whenever  documents  are  installed  or  removed.   (In  default
              configuration is called by the dwww daily cron job).

              Builds the Debian Documentation Menu pages.  Needs to be  re-run
              whenever  documents  are  installed  or  removed.   (In  default
              configuration is called by the install-docs(8) or  by  the  dwww
              daily  cron job).

              Uses  index++(1)  to build index of the documentation registered
              with doc-base.  In default configuration is called be  the  dwww
              weekly cron job.

       For   speed   reasons,   the   converted   documents   are   stored  in
       /var/cache/dwww.  The cache is cleaned by dwww-refresh-cache(8) of  old
       documents to keep it from growing too large.


       dwww  is  configured  via the /etc/dwww/dwww.conf file.  That file is a
       Bourne shell (/bin/sh) script that defines some or  all  the  following
       variables  (defaults  are  used  if  the file doesn't exist, or doesn't
       define the variable).

   Basic configuration variables
       These variables can be also  configured  by  debconf  script.  You  can
       change them using the following command:
           dpkg-reconfigure dwww

              Name of the www server.  Default is localhost.

              Port on which the www server listen to.  Default is 80.

              If       enabled,       dwww(1)       will       connect      to
              DWWW_SERVERNAME:DWWW_SERVERPORT  through  the  HTTPS   protocol.
              Default is no.

              The document root for web server.  Default is /var/www.

              The  directory  which  contains  the  CGI  scripts  for your web
              server.  Default is /usr/lib/cgi-bin.

              Name of the user  that  the  web  server  uses  to  execute  CGI
              scripts.  Default is www-data.

   Browser variables
              Web-browser used by dwww(1) to load dwww main page.

              Web-browser used by dwww(1) to load dwww main page when in X11.

   Path variables
              Colon-delimited  list  of directories from which dwww-convert(8)
              supplies files.  For security reasons, it will refuse to convert
              files  outside  the directories named by this variable.  Default
              is                /usr/share/doc:/usr/share/info:/usr/share/man:

              Colon-delimited list of directories  which  can  be  targets  of
              symlinks   from  files  from  directories  inside  DWWW_DOCPATH.
              Default value is /usr/share:/usr/lib:/usr/local/share:/var/www.
              For example, /usr/share/doc/package/foo.html may be symlinked to
              a   file  /usr/share/package/foo.html,  and  this  file  can  be
              displayed by dwww.

   Cache files locations
              Location of the installed  packages  and  programs  cache  file,
              generated    by   dwww-refresh-cache(8)   with   the   help   of
              dwww-quickfind(8).  Default is /var/cache/dwww/quickfind.dat.

              Location of the cache file, which maps installed doc-base  files
              to  packages  names, used by the dwww-build-menu(8).  Default is

              Location of doc-base registered documents  contents  cache.  The
              cache   is   generated   by   dwww-build-menu(8)   and  read  by
              dwww-find(8) Default is /var/cache/dwww/regdocs.dat.

   Documentation indexing variables
              If this variable is  set  to  yes  (default),  and  the  swish++
              package  is  installed, then dwww-index++(8) will generate index
              of registered documentation.

              Specifies how often (in days) dwww-index++(8) will generate full
              index of documentation.  The default value is 28.

              Specifies   how   often   (in  days)  dwww-index++(8)  will  run
              incremental indexing of new documentation  files.   The  default
              value is 7.

              If  this  variable is set to yes, then while generating index of
              registered documents, dwww-index++(8) will use man  pages  index
              generated by man2html package, if it's available.

   Other variables
              How  many  days should dwww-refresh-cache(8) keep documents that
              have not been accessed?  Default is 10 days.

              Directory  used  by  dwww-build(8)  and  dwww-build-menu(8)   to
              temporally  store  the  web  pages  it  generates.   Default  is
              /var/lib/dwww.   For  security  reason   any   public   writable
              directory like /tmp should not be used.

              If  this  variable  is  set,  dwww will use file:/ style URLs to
              access html files - bypassing the CGI script.  This is faster on
              slow machines.  Of course, you will not be able to read the html
              documentation on a non-local machine.  Default is to not  enable
              this feature.

              Title  to  appear  on  dwww  generated  files.  Default is dwww:

              If this variable is  set  to  yes  (default),  dwww  will  cache
              accessed documents in /var/cache/dwww/db. See dwww-cache(8).

   Deprecated variables
       Since  version  1.10,  dwww  no  longer  uses  the following variables:


       dwww uses a CSS file for managing the layout of the pages it generates.
       The     file    is    built    from    two    other    files,    namely
       /usr/share/dwww/dwww.css, which  is  a  global  one,  provided  by  the
       package, and /etc/dwww/dwww-user.css, a local one, that can be provided
       by the user to override settings from the former file.  The latter file
       does  not  exist  by  default,  but  when it exists, dwww-build(8) will
       append its contents at the end of generated file.  Since  web  browsers
       tend  to use the last one setting defined for a given CSS element, this
       has the expected effect of customisation.

       To use some image as a background for dwww pages, please put  something
       like this in /etc/dwww/dwww-user.css:

           body { background: url('http://host/path/to/background.png')
                  repeat; }
           table,pre,code,tt { opacity: 0.7; }

       Please make sure to run dwww-build(8) afterwards.


              Configuration  file  for dwww.  It's not necessary for this file
              to exist, there are sensible defaults for everything.

              Default configuration file for various apache-based web servers.
              The  dwww package post-installation script creates symlinks from
              /etc/apache*/conf.d/dwww to this file.

              If such a file exists, its contents  will  be  appended  to  the
              dwww.css  file.   This  allows local administrators to customise
              dwww pages layout.

              Dwww daily cron job, which rebuilds  cache  directory  and  dwww
              HTML pages.

              Dwww weekly cron job. Uses dwww-index++(8) to rebuild registered
              documentation index.

              Directory, where are placed various cache  files  generated  and
              used by dwww.

              Cache for the converted documents.

              Templates  for  the  dwww  web  pages (used by dwww-build(8) and

              The dwww pages.  The server's  document  root  directory  should
              have a link to this directory.


       dwww(1),      dwww-build(8),     dwww-build-menu(8),     dwww-cache(8),
       dwww-convert(8),  dwww-find(8),  dwww-format-man(8),   dwww-index++(8),
       dwww-quickfind(8), dwww-refresh-cache(8), dwww-txt2html(8).


       Originally  by  Lars  Wirzenius  <>.   Modified  by  Jim Pick
       <> and Robert Luberda <>.  Bugs  should
       be   reported   via   the  normal  Debian  bug  reporting  system,  see
       /usr/share/doc/debian/bug-reporting.txt file or reportbug(1) man page.

       dwww is licensed via the GNU General Public License.  While it has been
       written for Debian, porting it to other systems is strongly encouraged.