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       The  manpath configuration file is used by the manual page
       utilities to assess users' manpaths at run time, to  indi­
       cate  which  manual  page hierarchies (manpaths) are to be
       treated as system hierarchies and to assign them  directo­
       ries to be used for storing cat files.

       If  the  environment variable $MANPATH is already set, the
       information contained within /etc/manpath.config will  not
       override it.


       The following field types are currently recognised:

       # comment
              Blank  lines  or  those  beginning with a # will be
              treated as comments and ignored.

       MANDATORY_MANPATH manpath_element
              Lines of this form  indicate  manpaths  that  every
              automatically  generated  $MANPATH  should contain.
              This will typically include /usr/man.

       MANPATH_MAP path_element manpath_element
              Lines of this form set up $PATH  to  $MANPATH  map­
              pings.   For  each path_element found in the user's
              $PATH, manpath_element will be added to  the  $MAN­

       MANDB_MAP manpath_element [ catpath_element ]
              Lines  of  this form indicate which manpaths are to
              be treated as system manpaths, and optionally where
              their  cat files should be stored.  This field type
              is particularly important if man is a  setuid  pro­
              gram,  as  (when  in  the system configuration file
              /etc/manpath.config rather than the  per-user  con­
              figuration file .manpath) it indicates which manual
              page hierarchies to access as the setuid  user  and
              which as the invoking user.

              The  system  manual  page  hierarchies  are usually
              those  stored  under   /usr   such   as   /usr/man,
              /usr/local/man and /usr/X11R6/man.

              If  cat pages from a particular manpath_element are
              not to be stored or are to be stored in the  tradi­
              tional location, catpath_element may be omitted.

              Traditional  cat  placement would be impossible for
              read  only  mounted  manual  page  hierarchies  and
              because of this it is possible to specify any valid
              directory hierarchy for their storage.  To  observe

       DEFINE key value
              Lines of this form define miscellaneous  configura­
              tion  variables; see the default configuration file
              for those variables used by the manual pager utili­
              ties.   They  include default paths to various pro­
              grams (such as grep and tbl), and default  sets  of
              arguments to those programs.


       Unless  the  rules  above  are  followed and observed pre­
       cisely, the manual pager utilities will  not  function  as
       desired.  The rules are overly complicated.

2.4.1                   07 September 2001              manpath(5)
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