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       catman - create or update the pre-formatted manual pages


       catman [-dhV] [-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 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.


       -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

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

       -V, --version
              Display version information.


              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.

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


              man-db configuration file.

              A traditional global index database cache.

              An alternate or FSSTND compliant global index database cache.


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


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