Manual page for CATMAN(8)
catman - create the cat files for the manual
creates the preformatted versions of
the on-line manual from the
Each manual page is examined and those whose preformatted versions are
missing or out of date are recreated.
If any changes are made,
If there is one parameter not starting with a
it is taken to be a list of manual sections to look in.
only updates manual sections
If an unformatted source file contains only a line
of the form
a symbolic link is made in the catx or fmtx directory
to the appropriate preformatted manual page.
This feature allows easy distribution of the preformatted manual pages
among a group of associated machines with
since it makes the directories of preformatted manual pages
self-contained and independent of the unformatted entries.
Do not (re)create the
Print what would be done instead of doing it.
entries in the appropriate
subdirectories instead of
Only create the
database that is used by
options. No manual reformatting is done.
Update manual pages located in the specified
in place of the standard manual page macros.
The name of the formatter to use when the
flag is given.
If not set,
default manual directory location
raw (nroff input) manual sections
command script to make whatis database
option is specified,
database is not created and
commands will fail.
man?/xxx.? (.so'ed from man?/yyy.?): No such file or directory
The file outside the parentheses is missing, and is referred to
by the file inside them.
target of .so in man?/xxx.? must be relative to /usr/man
only allows references to filenames that are relative to the directory
- opendir:man?: No such file or directory
A harmless warning message indicating that one of the directories
normally looks for is missing.
- *.*: No such file or directory
A harmless warning message indicating
came across an empty directory.
Created by unroff & hp-tools.
© by Hans-Peter Bischof. All Rights Reserved (1997).
Last modified 21/April/97