Section: Maintenance Commands (8)
Updated: September 19, 2005
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makewhatis - Create the whatis database
makewhatis [-u] [-v] [-w] [-s sections ] [-c [catpath]] [manpath]
reads all the manual pages contained in the given
sections of manpath
or the preformatted pages contained in the given
sections of catpath.
For each page, it writes a line in the whatis database; each line
consists of the name of the page and a short description, separated
by a dash. The description is extracted using the content of the
NAME section of the manual page.
Since other languages use a different term for the NAME section,
recognizes the equivalent terms in Czech, Italian, Finnish, French,
German and Spanish.
argument is given,
is assumed by default.
Update database with new pages (file's status was last changed 24 hours ago)
Use manpath obtained from `man --path`
- -s sections
Looks in the
manpath or catpath.
If the option is absent, its value is assumed to be
'1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 n l'
- -c catpath
The preformatted manual pages located in
are scanned. If the argument is not provided, it is assumed to be the
first existing directory between
/usr/man/preformat and /usr/man.
To rebuild only
/usr/X11R6/man/whatis and /usr/local/man/whatis
makewhatis /usr/X11R6/man /usr/local/man
To rebuild all the databases, including those of the Finnish, French
and Italian translations
LANGUAGE=fi:fr:it makewhatis -w
may not handle too well manual pages written with non-standard troff
macros, such as the Tcl/Tk pages.
does not work on preformatted translations.
John W. Eaton was the original author of
Zeyd M. Ben-Halim released man 1.2, and Andries Brouwer followed up with versions 1.3 thru 1.5p.
Federico Lucifredi <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the current maintainer.
- SEE ALSO
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