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       manpath - format of the /etc/manpath.config file


       The  manpath configuration file is used by the manual page utilities to
       assess users' manpaths at run  time,  to  indicate  which  manual  page
       hierarchies  (manpaths)  are to be treated as system hierarchies and to
       assign them directories to be used for storing cat files.

       If the environment variable $MANPATH is already  set,  the  information
       contained within /etc/manpath.config will not override it.


       The following field types are currently recognised:

       # comment
              Blank  lines  or  those  beginning  with  a # will be treated as
              comments and ignored.

       MANDATORY_MANPATH manpath_element
              Lines of this form indicate manpaths  that  every  automatically
              generated  $MANPATH should contain.  This will typically include

       MANPATH_MAP path_element manpath_element
              Lines of this form set up $PATH to $MANPATH mappings.  For  each
              path_element  found in the user's $PATH, manpath_element will be
              added to the $MANPATH.

       MANDB_MAP manpath_element [ catpath_element ]
              Lines of this form indicate which manpaths are to be treated  as
              system  manpaths, and optionally where their cat files should be
              stored.  This field type is particularly important if man  is  a
              setuid  program,  as  (when  in  the  system  configuration file
              /etc/manpath.config rather than the per-user configuration  file
              .manpath)   it indicates which manual page hierarchies to access
              as the setuid user and which as the invoking user.

              The system manual page  hierarchies  are  usually  those  stored
              under /usr such as /usr/man, /usr/local/man and /usr/X11R6/man.

              If  cat  pages  from  a particular manpath_element are not to be
              stored  or  are  to  be  stored  in  the  traditional  location,
              catpath_element may be omitted.

              Traditional  cat  placement  would  be  impossible for read only
              mounted manual page  hierarchies  and  because  of  this  it  is
              possible  to  specify  any  valid  directory hierarchy for their
              storage.  To observe the Linux FSSTND the keyword `FSSTND can be
              used in place of an actual directory.

              Unfortunately,  it  is  necessary to specify all system man tree
              paths,  including  alternate  operating  system  paths  such  as
              /usr/man/sun    and    any    NLS    locale    paths   such   as

              As the information is parsed line by line in the order  written,
              it  is  necessary  for  any  manpath  that is a sub-hierarchy of
              another hierarchy to be listed  first,  otherwise  an  incorrect
              match  will  be  made.   An example is that /usr/man/de_DE.88591
              must come before /usr/man.

       DEFINE key value
              Lines of this form define miscellaneous configuration variables;
              see  the  default configuration file for those variables used by
              the manual pager  utilities.   They  include  default  paths  to
              various  programs  (such  as  grep and tbl), and default sets of
              arguments to those programs.

       SECTION section ...
              Lines of this form define the order  in  which  manual  sections
              should  be  searched.  If there are no SECTION directives in the
              configuration file, the default is:

                     SECTION 1 n l 8 3 0 2 5 4 9 6 7

              If multiple SECTION directives are given,  their  section  lists
              will be concatenated.

              If a particular extension is not in this list (say, 1mh) it will
              be displayed with the rest of the section it  belongs  to.   The
              effect  of  this  is  that  you  only  need  to  explicitly list
              extensions if you want to force a  particular  order.   Sections
              with extensions should usually be adjacent to their main section
              (e.g. "1 1mh 8 ...").

              SECTIONS is accepted as an alternative name for this directive.

       MINCATWIDTH width
              If the terminal width is less than width, cat pages will not  be
              created (if missing) or displayed.  The default is 80.

       MAXCATWIDTH width
              If  the terminal width is greater than width, cat pages will not
              be created (if missing) or displayed.  The default is 80.

       CATWIDTH width
              If width is non-zero, cat pages will always be formatted  for  a
              terminal  of  the  given  width,  regardless of the width of the
              terminal actually being used.  This should generally  be  within
              the range set by MINCATWIDTH and MAXCATWIDTH.

              This   flag   prevents   man(1)    from   creating   cat   pages


       Unless the rules above are followed and observed precisely, the  manual
       pager  utilities  will  not  function as desired.  The rules are overly