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CATMAN(1)               FreeBSD General Commands Manual              CATMAN(1)

NAME
     catman -- preformat man pages

SYNOPSIS
     catman [-f | -force] [-h | -help] [-L | -locale] [-p | -print]
            [-r | -remove] [-v | -verbose] [directories ...]

DESCRIPTION
     Catman format man pages to ASCII.  It's like typing `man program' for all
     man pages in directories.  Directories is a list of man directories or
     subdirectories separated by spaces or colons.  Use /usr/share/man if no
     directories defined.

OPTIONS
     -f, -force
             Force overwriting old cat pages.  Normally only those pages will
             be formatted which are not up to date.  This option is a waste of
             time, CPU and RAM.

     -h, -help
             Print options and exit.

     -L, -locale
             Sense locale environment variables for possible localized man
             subdirectories and process these entries only.

     -p, -print
             Don't actually format man pages. Show what would be done.

     -r, -remove
             Remove garbage, e. g. catpage without manpage, uncompressed cat-
             page but a compressed catpage exist, filenames with non-alphanu-
             meric characters, uncompressed manpage but a compressed manpage
             exist.

     -v, -verbose
             More warnings.

EXAMPLES
           $ catman

     Format man pages in /usr/share/man if necessary.

           $ catman $MANPATH

     Format all your man pages if necessary.

           $ catman -f /usr/local/man/man1 /usr/local/man/manl

     Force reformatting of all man pages in /usr/local/man/man1 and
     /usr/local/man/manl.

           $ catman -p /usr/X11/man

     Show only.

FILES
     /etc/periodic/weekly/330.catman  Starts this program

FEATURES
     Very fast if all man pages already formatted.  Does not support the -w
     option as some other systems do.  Use makewhatis(1) to rebuild the
     `whatis' database.

BUGS
     man(1) is a setuid program.  Be careful that user `man' has write permis-
     sions to the catman directories.  Catman does not check for any `.so' in
     man page sources.  Use hard or symlinks to avoid redundant formatted man
     pages.

SEE ALSO
     makewhatis(1), man(1), manpath(1)

HISTORY
     This version of catman command appeared in FreeBSD 2.1.

AUTHORS
     Wolfram Schneider <wosch@FreeBSD.org>, Berlin.

FreeBSD 4.10                    March 12, 1995                    FreeBSD 4.10

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