Package man-db

Tools for searching and reading man pages

http://www.nongnu.org/man-db/

The man-db package includes five tools for browsing man-pages:
man, whatis, apropos, manpath and lexgrog. man formats and displays
manual pages. whatis searches the manual page names. apropos searches the
manual page names and descriptions. manpath determines search path
for manual pages. lexgrog directly reads header information in
manual pages.

General Commands (Section 1)
apropos
Each manual page has a short description available within it. apropos searches the descriptions for instances of keyword. keyword is usually a regular...
lexgrog
lexgrog is an implementation of the traditional “groff guess” utility in lex. It reads the list of files on its command line as either man page source files or...
man
man is the system's manual pager. Each page argument given to man is normally the name of a program, utility or function. The manual page associated with each...
manconv
manconv converts a manual page from one encoding to another, like iconv. Unlike iconv, it can try multiple possible input encodings in sequence. This is useful...
manpath
If $MANPATH is set, manpath will simply display its contents and issue a warning. If not, manpath will determine a suitable manual page hierarchy search path...
whatis
Each manual page has a short description available within it. whatis searches the manual page names and displays the manual page descriptions of any name...
File Formats (Section 5)
manpath
The manpath configuration file is used by the manual page utilities to assess users' manpaths at run time, to indicate which manual page hierarchies (manpaths)...
System Administration (Section 8)
accessdb
accessdb will output the data contained within a man-db database in a human readable form. By default, it will dump the data from...
catman
catman is used to create an up to date set of pre-formatted manual pages known as cat pages. Cat pages are generally much faster to display than the original...
mandb
mandb is used to initialise or manually update index database caches that are usually maintained by man. The caches contain information relevant to the current...