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       man.conf - configuration file for man


       This is the configuration file for the man(1), apropos(1), and makewhatis(8) utilities.
       Its presence, and all directives, are optional.

       This file is an ASCII text file.  Leading whitespace on lines, lines starting with ‘#’,
       and blank lines are ignored.  Words are separated by whitespace.  The first word on each
       line is the name of a configuration directive.

       The following directives are supported:

       manpath path
               Override the default search path for man(1), apropos(1), and makewhatis(8).  It
               can be used multiple times to specify multiple paths, with the order determining
               the manual page search order.

               Each path is a tree containing subdirectories whose names consist of the strings
               ‘man’ and/or ‘cat’ followed by the names of sections, usually single digits.  The
               former are supposed to contain unformatted manual pages in mdoc(7) and/or man(7)
               format; file names should end with the name of the section preceded by a dot.  The
               latter should contain preformatted manual pages; file names should end with ‘.0’.

               Creating a mandoc.db(5) database with makewhatis(8) in each directory configured
               with manpath is recommended and necessary for apropos(1) to work, and also for
               man(1) on operating systems like OpenBSD that install each manual page with only
               one file name in the file system, even if it documents multiple utilities or

       output option [value]
               Configure the default value of an output option.  These directives are overridden
               by the -O command line options of the same names.  For details, see the mandoc(1)

                      option     value     used by -T
                      fragment   none      html
                      includes   string    html
                      indent     integer   ascii, utf8
                      man        string    html
                      paper      string    ps, pdf
                      style      string    html
                      toc        none      html
                      width      integer   ascii, utf8




       The following configuration file reproduces the defaults: installing it is equivalent to
       not having a man.conf file at all.

             manpath /usr/share/man
             manpath /usr/X11R6/man
             manpath /usr/local/man


       apropos(1), man(1), makewhatis(8)


       A relatively complicated man.conf file format first appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno.  For
       OpenBSD 5.8, it was redesigned from scratch, aiming for simplicity.


       Ingo Schwarze <>