This page was written by Christopher Spry. I am using IRIX 6.2 on an Indy. The most useful source of information about man pages is obtained by typing man man at the command prompt. I learnt that man pages are read by default from the following directories: /usr/share/man, /usr/catman and /usr/man. If there are man pages elsewhere, it is necessary to let your system shell know. The easiest way to do this is to add the paths to these additional programs in the users .cshrc. This is done by setting the MANPATH variable. Note that if this is done, the default search path is not available, so the default paths have to be added to .cshrc as well.
As I have additional man pages in /usr/local/man, (a common place for programs to put them) my entry in .cshrc is:
Set MANPATH = /usr/share/man:/usr/catman:/usr/man:/usr/local/man
Note that paths are separated by colons.
I will add more directories with 'man pages 'as I find them, but I expect that most programs will load them to /usr/local/man and its subdirectories.
The directories named in MANPATH are searched downwards, so there is no need to enter further subdirectories.
The man command can show both formatted man entries or process unformatted entries on the fly. man files, which are found in directories called cat[1-8nopD] are already formatted (their names end in gz or z) and they can be used directly if they are referred to by the command:
Files in man[1-8nopD] directories are unformatted source manual entries and are formatted on the fly by man. If you want to format these files, as they are sometimes not formatted properly 'on the fly', then use the following commands:
Then copy the formatted and compressed mymanpage.z to the appropriate /usr/local/man/cat[1-8] directory according to its type. 1-8 refers to these 'man types' and is described further in man man.
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© Christopher Spry mailto:email@example.com. This page was last updated on 26 November 2003 10:14:03.