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

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

SYNOPSIS
     makemandb [-C path] [-floqv]

DESCRIPTION
     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 man(1).

     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 space.

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

     -q      Print only error messages and no status updates.

     -v      Enable verbose output.  This prints the name of every file being
             parsed.

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

   DATABASE SCHEMA
     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.
           errors         The ERRORS section.

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

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

AUTHORS
     Abhinav Upadhyay

NetBSD 6.0                     February 20, 2012                    NetBSD 6.0

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