CATMAN(8)                 (2021-02-08)                  CATMAN(8)

          catman - create or update the pre-formatted manual pages

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

          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 hierar-
          chies and sections to pre-format.  The default hierarchies
          are those specified as system hierarchies in the man-db con-
          figuration 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 format-

          -d, --debug
               Print debugging information.

          -M path, --manpath=path
               Specify an alternate colon-delimited manual page hier-
               archy search path.  By default, this is all paths indi-
               cated as system hierarchies in the man-db configuration

          -C file, --config-file=file
               Use this user configuration file rather than the
               default of ~/.manpath.

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

               Print a short usage message and exit.

          -V, --version
               Display version information.

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               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

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

               man-db configuration file.

               A traditional global index database cache.

               An alternate or FSSTND compliant global index database

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

          Wilf. (
          Fabrizio Polacco (
          Colin Watson (


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