makewhatis - Create the whatis database
makewhatis [-u] [-v] [-w] [-s sections ] [-c [catpath]] [manpath]
makewhatis 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, makewhatis recognizes the equivalent terms in Czech, Italian, Finnish, French, German and Spanish.
If no manpath argument is given, /usr/man is assumed by default.
-u Update database with new pages (files status was last changed 24 hours ago) -v Verbose output -w Use manpath obtained from man --path -s sections Looks in the sections of 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 catpath 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
makewhatis may not handle too well manual pages written with non-standard troff macros, such as the Tcl/Tk pages.
makewhatis does not work on preformatted translations.
John W. Eaton was the original author of man. Zeyd M. Ben-Halim released man 1.2, and Andries Brouwer followed up with versions 1.3 thru 1.5p. Federico Lucifredi <email@example.com> is the current maintainer.
apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1)
|MAKEWHATIS (8)||September 19, 2005|