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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for makemandb (netbsd section 8)

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

     makemandb -- parse the manual pages and build a search index over them

     makemandb [-floQqv] [-C path]

     The makemandb utility traverses the directories containing man pages, parses the manual
     pages with the help of libmandoc and builds an Sqlite database man.db to support full text
     searches.	It obtains the list of directories to traverse using the -path and -p options of

     It supports the following options:

     -C path
	     Use different man(1) configuration file than the default, /etc/man.conf.

     -f      Force rebuilding the index from scratch, pruning the existing one.

     -l      Limit the parsing to only the NAME section of the pages.  This option can be used to
	     mimic the behavior of the classic apropos(1) and also to substantially save disk

     -o      Use this option to optimize the index for speed and also to significantly reduce
	     disk space usage.	This is a somewhat expensive operation.

     -Q      Print only fatal error messages (i.e., when the database is left in an inconsistent
	     state and needs manual intervention).

     -q      Print only warnings and error messages but no status updates.

     -v      Enable verbose output.  This prints the name of every file being parsed and a sum-
	     mary at the end of the index update.

     As the database file is stored under /var/db, root privileges are required to run makemandb.

     The name of the FTS table is mandb and its schema is as follows:

	   section	  The section number of the page
	   name 	  The name of the page from the NAME section.
	   name_desc	  The one line description from the NAME section.
	   desc 	  The DESCRIPTION section.
	   lib		  The LIBRARY section.
	   return_vals	  The RETURN VALUES section.
	   env		  The ENVIRONMENT section.
	   files	  The FILES section.
	   exit_status	  The EXIT STATUS section.
	   diagnostics	  The DIAGNOSTICS section.
	   errors	  The ERRORS section.
	   md5_hash	  MD5 checksum of the man page.
	   machine	  The machine architecture (if any) for which the man page is relevant.

     /var/db/man.db  The Sqlite FTS database which contains an index of the manual pages.

     apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1), man.conf(5)

     Abhinav Upadhyay

BSD					 August 29, 2012				      BSD

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