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MAKEWHATIS(8)	       DragonFly System Manager's Manual	 MAKEWHATIS(8)

NAME

makewhatis -- create whatis database

SYNOPSIS

makewhatis [-a] [-i column] [-n name] [-o file] [-v] [-L] [directories ...]

DESCRIPTION

The makewhatis utility collects the names and short descriptions from all the unformatted man pages in the directories and puts them into a file used by the whatis(1) and apropos(1) commands. Directories may be sepa- rated by colons instead of spaces. If no directories are specified, the contents of the MANPATH environment variable will be used, or if that is not set, the default directory /usr/share/man will be processed. The options are as follows: -a Appends to the output file(s) instead of replacing them. The output will be sorted with duplicate lines removed, but may have obsolete entries. -i column Indents the description by column characters. The default value is 24. -n name Uses name instead of whatis. -o file Outputs all lines to the file instead of */man/whatis. -v Makes makewhatis more verbose about what it is doing. -L Process only localized subdirectories corresponding to the locale specified in the standard environment variables.

ENVIRONMENT

LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LANG These variables control what subdirectories will be processed if the -L option is used. MACHINE If set, its value is used to override the current machine type when searching machine specific subdirectories. MANPATH Determines the set of directories to be processed if none are given on the command line.

FILES

/usr/share/man Default directory to process if the MANPATH environment variable is not set. */man/whatis The default output file.

EXIT STATUS

The makewhatis utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.

SEE ALSO

apropos(1), whatis(1)

HISTORY

The makewhatis command appeared in FreeBSD 2.1.

AUTHORS

The makewhatis program was originally written in Perl and was contributed by Wolfram Schneider. The current version of makewhatis was rewritten in C by John Rochester with additional contributions by Franco Fichtner <franco@lastsummer.de>. DragonFly 4.1 December 8, 2013 DragonFly 4.1