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mandb - create or update the manual page index caches


mandb [-dqsucpt?V] [-C file] [manpath]
mandb [-dqsut] [-C file] -f filename ...


mandb is used to initialise or manually update index database caches. The caches contain information relevant to the current state of the manual page system and the information stored within them is used by the man-db utilities to enhance their speed and functionality.

When creating or updating an index, mandb will warn of bad ROFF .so requests, bogus manual page filenames and manual pages from which the whatis cannot be parsed.

Supplying mandb with an optional colon-delimited path will override the internal system manual page hierarchy search path, determined from information found within the man-db configuration file.


mandb can be compiled with support for any one of the following database types.

Name Async Filename
Berkeley db Yes
GNU gdbm Yes index.db
UNIX ndbm No index.(dir|pag)

Those database types that support asynchronous updates provide enhanced speed at the cost of possible corruption in the event of unusual termination. In an unusual case where this has occurred, it may be necessary to rerun mandb with the -c option to re-create the databases from scratch.


Foutinformatie tonen.
Produce no warnings.
Do not spend time looking for or adding information to the databases regarding stray cats.
Do not spend time checking for deleted manual pages and purging them from the databases.
By default, mandb will try to update any previously created databases. If a database does not exist, it will create it. This option forces mandb to delete previous databases and re-create them from scratch, and implies --no-purge. This may be necessary if a database becomes corrupt or if a new database storage scheme is introduced in the future.
Create user databases only, even with write permissions necessary to create system databases.
Perform correctness checks on manual pages in the hierarchy search path. With this option, mandb will not alter existing databases.
Update only the entries for the given filename. This option is not for general use; it is used internally by man when it has been compiled with the MAN_DB_UPDATES option and finds that a page is out of date. It implies -p and disables -c and -s.
Use this user configuration file rather than the default of ~/.manpath.
-?, --help
Show the usage message, then exit.
Print a short usage message and exit.
Show the version, then exit.


Programma correct uitgevoerd.
Usage, syntax, or configuration file error.
A child process failed.


The following warning messages can be emitted during database building.

<filename>: whatis parse for page(sec) failed
An attempt to extract whatis line(s) from the given <filename> failed. This is usually due to a poorly written manual page, but if many such messages are emitted it is likely that the system contains non-standard manual pages which are incompatible with the man-db whatis parser. See the WHATIS PARSING section in lexgrog(1) for more information.
<filename>: is a dangling symlink
<filename> does not exist but is referenced by a symbolic link. Further diagnostics are usually emitted to identify the <filename> of the offending link.
<filename>: bad symlink or ROFF `.so' request
<filename> is either a symbolic link to, or contains a ROFF include request to, a non existent file.
<filename>: genegeerde onzin bestandsnaam

<filename> kan een al dan niet geldige man-pagina zijn, maar de naam is ongeldig. Dit wordt meestal veroorzaakt door een man-pagina met een uitbreiding van de sectie <x> die in de man-paginasectie <y> is gestopt.
<filename_mask>: strijdende extensies
Het jokerteken <filename_mask> is niet uniek. Dit wordt meestal veroorzaakt door het bestaan van zowel een gecomprimeerde als een gedecomprimeerde versie van dezelfde man-pagina. Alle behalve de meeste recente versie worden genegeerd.


Een algemene index-database-cache, in overeenstemming met FHS.

Oudere locaties van de database-cache bestaan uit:

Een traditionele, algemene index-database-cache.
An alternate or FSSTND compliant global index database cache.


lexgrog(1), man(1), manpath(5), catman(8)

De voormalige sectie WAT IS ONTLEDEN is nu onderdeel van lexgrog(1).


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2024-04-05 2.12.1