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       makewhatis - Create the whatis database

       makewhatis [-u] [-v] [-w] [-s sections ] [-c [catpath]] [manpath]

       makewhatis  reads  all  the manual pages contained in the given sections of manpath or the
       preformatted pages contained in the given sections of catpath.  For each page, it writes a
       line  in  the  whatis  database;  each  line  consists of the name of the page and a short
       description, separated by a dash. The description is extracted using the  content  of  the
       NAME section of the manual page.

       Since other languages use a different term for the NAME section, makewhatis recognizes the
       equivalent terms in Czech, Italian, Finnish, French, German and Spanish.

       If no manpath argument is given, /usr/man is assumed by default.

       -u     Update database with new pages.

       -v     Verbose output

       -w     Use manpath obtained from `man --path`

       -s sections
	      Looks in the sections of manpath or catpath.  If the option is absent, its value is
	      assumed to be '1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 n l'

       -c catpath
	      The  preformatted  manual  pages located in catpath are scanned. If the argument is
	      not  provided,  it  is  assumed  to  be  the  first  existing   directory   between
	      /usr/man/preformat and /usr/man.

       To rebuild only /usr/X11R6/man/whatis and /usr/local/man/whatis

	      makewhatis /usr/X11R6/man /usr/local/man

       To  rebuild all the databases, including those of the Finnish, French and Italian transla-

	      LANGUAGE=fi:fr:it makewhatis -w

       makewhatis may not handle too well manual pages written with  non-standard  troff  macros,
       such as the Tcl/Tk pages.

       makewhatis does not work on preformatted translations.

       apropos(1), man(1), whatis(1)

					 22 January 1999			    MAKEWHATIS(8)
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