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man.conf(5) [freebsd man page]

MAN.CONF(5)						      BSD File Formats Manual						       MAN.CONF(5)

man.conf -- man(1) and manpath(1) configuration files DESCRIPTION
The man.conf file is used to configure the manual search path, locales, and utility set for man(1) and its related utilities. During ini- tialization, man(1) reads the configuration files located at /usr/local/etc/man.d/*.conf and /etc/man.conf. The files contained in /usr/local/etc/man.d/*.conf are intended to be used by the ports(7) system for extending the manual set to support additional paths and locales. /etc/man.conf is intended to be used by the local administrator to set additional policy. Currently supported configuration variables include: MANCONFIG Overrides the default location to import additional manual configuration files. Defaults to /usr/local/etc/man.d/*.conf. MANPATH Adds the specified directory to the manual search path. MANLOCALE Indicates support is available for the given locale. For pages in a given language, overriding the default toolset for display is supported via the following definitions: EQN_LANG NROFF_LANG PIC_LANG TBL_LANG TROFF_LANG REFER_LANG VGRIND_LANG See the EXAMPLES section for how to use these variables. IMPLEMENTATION NOTES
The parser used for this utility is very basic and only supports comment characters (#) at the beginning of a line. FILES
/etc/man.conf System configuration file. /usr/local/etc/man.d/*.conf Local configuration files. EXAMPLES
A perl port that needs to install additional manual pages outside of the default location could install a file in /usr/local/etc/man.d/perl.conf with the following contents: # Add perl man pages to search path MANPATH /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.9/man MANPATH /usr/local/lib/perl5/5.8.9/perl/man A Japanese localization port could install a custom toolset and include a file in /usr/local/etc/man.d/ja-man-doc.conf with the following contents: # Setup Japanese toolset MANLOCALE ja_JP.eucJP EQN_JA /usr/local/bin/geqn PIC_JA /usr/local/bin/gpic TBL_JA /usr/local/bin/gtbl NROFF_JA /usr/local/bin/groff -man -dlang=ja_JP.eucJP TROFF_JA /usr/local/bin/groff -man If the system administrator decides to override the LOCALBASE make(1) variable causing all ports(7) to be installed into /opt instead of /usr/local, specifying the following in /etc/man.conf will accommodate this change: # Look for additional configuration files MANCONFIG /opt/etc/man.d/*.conf SEE ALSO
apropos(1), man(1), manpath(1), whatis(1) BSD
June 3, 2011 BSD

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MAN.CONF(5)                                                     File Formats Manual                                                    MAN.CONF(5)

man.conf - configuration file for man DESCRIPTION
This is the configuration file for the man(1), apropos(1), and makewhatis(8) utilities. Its presence, and all directives, are optional. This file is an ASCII text file. Leading whitespace on lines, lines starting with '#', and blank lines are ignored. Words are separated by whitespace. The first word on each line is the name of a configuration directive. The following directives are supported: manpath path Override the default search path for man(1), apropos(1), and makewhatis(8). It can be used multiple times to specify multiple paths, with the order determining the manual page search order. Each path is a tree containing subdirectories whose names consist of the strings 'man' and/or 'cat' followed by the names of sections, usually single digits. The former are supposed to contain unformatted manual pages in mdoc(7) and/or man(7) format; file names should end with the name of the section preceded by a dot. The latter should contain preformatted manual pages; file names should end with '.0'. Creating a mandoc.db(5) database with makewhatis(8) in each directory configured with manpath is recommended and necessary for apropos(1) to work, but not strictly required for man(1). output option [value] Configure the default value of an output option. These directives are overridden by the -O command line options of the same names. For details, see the mandoc(1) manual. option value used by -T fragment none html includes string html indent integer ascii, utf8 man string html paper string ps, pdf style string html width integer ascii, utf8 _whatdb path/whatis.db This directive provides the same functionality as manpath, but using a historic and misleading syntax. It is kept for backward compatibility for now, but will eventually be removed. FILES
/etc/man.conf EXAMPLES
The following configuration file reproduces the defaults: installing it is equivalent to not having a man.conf file at all. manpath /usr/share/man manpath /usr/X11R6/man manpath /usr/local/man SEE ALSO
apropos(1), man(1), makewhatis(8) HISTORY
A relatively complicated man.conf file format first appeared in 4.3BSD-Reno. For OpenBSD 5.8, it was redesigned from scratch, aiming for simplicity. AUTHORS
Ingo Schwarze <> Debian December 28, 2016 MAN.CONF(5)

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