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catman(8)		  BSD System Manager's Manual		     catman(8)


NAME

     catman - format cat pages from man pages


SYNOPSIS

     catman [-knpsw] [-M directory] [sections]


DESCRIPTION

     catman creates formatted versions of the on-line manual pages from their
     nroff(1) source.  Manual pages whose formatted versions are missing or
     out of date are regenerated.  If manual pages are regenerated, catman
     also regenerates the whatis database.

     The optional sections argument is one word, and contains the section num-
     bers of all the sections to be checked.  For example, if sections is
     ``138'', the manual pages in sections 1, 3, and 8 will be checked and
     regenerated.  If no sections argument is provided, catman will try to
     operate on all of the known manual sections.

     The options are as follows:

     -k	     Ignore errors from nroff when building manpages.

     -n	     Do not create the whatis database.

     -p	     Display the commands that would have been executed, but do not
	     actually execute them.

     -s	     Perform work silently; do not echo commands as they are executed.
	     This flag is ignored if -p is specified.

     -w	     Only create the whatis database.

     -M directory
	     Update manual pages in directory.


SEE ALSO

     apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1)


BUGS

     Currently knows nothing about /etc/man.conf and machine specific man
     pages.

BSD				 July 30, 1993				   BSD

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