CATMAN(1) BSD General Commands Manual CATMAN(1)NAMEcatman — preformat man pages
SYNOPSIScatman [-fLnrv] [directories ...]
The catman utility preformats all the man pages in directories using the
nroff -man command. Directories may be separated by colons instead of
spaces. If no directories are specified, the contents of the MANPATH
environment variable is used, or if that is not set, the default direc‐
tory /usr/share/man is processed.
The options are as follows:
-f Force all man pages to be reformatted even if the corresponding
cat page is newer.
-L Process only localized subdirectories corresponding to the locale
specified in the standard environment variables.
-n Print out what would be done instead of performing any format‐
-r Scan for and remove “junk” files that are neither man pages nor
their corresponding formatted cat pages.
-v Cause catman to be more verbose about what it is doing.
LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, LANG
These variables control what subdirectories will be processed if
the -L option is used.
MACHINE If set, overrides the current machine type when searching for
machine specific man page subdirectories.
If set, overrides the current architecture when searching for
architecture specific man page subdirectories.
MANPATH Determines the set of directories to be processed if none are
given on the command line.
/usr/share/man Default directory to process if the MANPATH environment
variable is not set.
The catman utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.
SEE ALSOmakewhatis(1), man(1), nroff(1)HISTORY
A previous version of the catman command appeared in FreeBSD 2.1.
BSD December 3, 2005 BSD