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MAN(1)				   BSD General Commands Manual				   MAN(1)

NAME
     man -- display the on-line manual pages (aka ``man pages'')

SYNOPSIS
     man [-acw|-h] [-C file] [-M path] [-m path] [-S srch] [[-s] section] name ...
     man -k [-C file] [-M path] [-m path] keyword ...
     man -p

DESCRIPTION
     The man utility displays the manual pages named on the command line.  Its options are as
     follows:

     -a      Display all of the man pages for a specified section and name combination.  (Nor-
	     mally, only the first man page found is displayed.)

     -C      Use the specified file instead of the default configuration file.	This permits
	     users to configure their own man environment.  See man.conf(5) for a description of
	     the contents of this file.

     -c      Copy the man page to the standard output instead of using more(1) to paginate it.
	     This is done by default if the standard output is not a terminal device.

     -h      Display only the ``SYNOPSIS'' lines of the requested man pages.  For commands, this
	     is typically the command line usage information.  For library functions, this usu-
	     ally contains the required include files and function prototypes.

     -k      Display the header lines for any man pages matching keyword(s), in the same manner
	     as apropos(1).

     -M      Override the list of standard directories which man searches for man pages.  The
	     supplied path must be a colon (``:'') separated list of directories.  This search
	     path may also be set using the environment variable MANPATH.  The subdirectories to
	     be searched, and their search order, is specified by the ``_subdir'' line in the man
	     configuration file.

     -m      Augment the list of standard directories which man searches for man pages.  The sup-
	     plied path must be a colon (``:'') separated list of directories.	These directories
	     will be searched before the standard directories or the directories specified using
	     the -M option or the MANPATH environment variable.  The subdirectories to be
	     searched, and their search order, is specified by the ``_subdir'' line in the man
	     configuration file.

     -p      Print the search path for the manual pages.

     -s      Restrict the directories that man will search to the specified section.  The man
	     configuration file (see man.conf(5)) specifies the possible section values that are
	     currently available.

     -S      Display only man pages that have the specified string in the directory part of their
	     filenames.  This allows the man page search process criteria to be narrowed without
	     having to change the MANPATH or ``_default'' variables.

     -w      List the pathnames of the man pages which man would display for the specified
	     section and name combination.

     If the '-s' option is not specified, there is more than one argument, the '-k' option is not
     used, and the first argument is a valid section, then that argument will be used as if spec-
     ified by the '-s' option.

     If name is given with a full or relative path then man interprets it as a file specifica-
     tion, so that you can do man ./foo.5 or even man /cd/foo/bar.1.gz.

ENVIRONMENT
     MACHINE   As some man pages are intended only for specific architectures, man searches any
	       subdirectories, with the same name as the current architecture, in every directory
	       which it searches.  Machine specific areas are checked before general areas.  The
	       current machine type may be overridden by setting the environment variable MACHINE
	       to the name of a specific architecture.

     MANPATH   The standard search path used by man may be overridden by specifying a path in the
	       MANPATH environment variable.  The format of the path is a colon (``:'') separated
	       list of directories.  The subdirectories to be searched as well as their search
	       order is specified by the ``_subdir'' line in the man configuration file.

     PAGER     The pagination command used for writing the output.  If the PAGER environment
	       variable is null or not set, the standard pagination program more(1) will be used.

FILES
     /etc/man.conf  default man configuration file.
     /usr/{share,X11R7,pkg,local}/man/whatis.db standard whatis/apropos database search path, set
		    in /etc/man.conf.

SEE ALSO
     apropos(1), whatis(1), whereis(1), man.conf(5), mdoc(7), mdoc.samples(7)

STANDARDS
     man conforms to X/Open Commands and Utilities Issue 5 (``XCU5'').

BUGS
     The on-line man pages are, by necessity, forgiving toward stupid display devices, causing a
     few man pages to be not as nicely formatted as their typeset counterparts.

BSD					 October 7, 2011				      BSD
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