makewhatis(8) -- Linux man page
NAMEmakewhatis - Create the whatis database
SYNOPSISmakewhatis [-u] [-v] [-w] [-s sections ] [-c [catpath]] [manpath]
DESCRIPTIONmakewhatis 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.
- Update database with new pages.
- Verbose output
- 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 translations
- LANGUAGE=fi:fr:it makewhatis -w
BUGSmakewhatis may not handle too well manual pages written with non-standard troff macros, such as the Tcl/Tk pages.
SEE ALSOapropos(1), man(1), whatis(1)