CATMAN(8)                                                Manual pager utils                                               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 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-delim‐
       ited  contents of the environment variable $MANSECT or the standard set compiled into man if $MANSECT is undefined.  Supply‐
       ing 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 ~/.manpath.

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

              Print a short usage 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.  The default is "1 n l 8 3 0 2 3type 3posix 3pm 3perl 3am 5 4 9 6 7", unless  overridden
              by the SECTION directive in /etc/manpath.config.

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

              See  the  SEARCH PATH section of manpath(5) for the default behaviour and details of how this environment variable is

              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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