package for kernel man pages (section 9)

Colin Watson cjwatson at
Wed Dec 4 14:45:24 UTC 2013

On Sun, Dec 01, 2013 at 10:34:26PM +0000, Tom H wrote:
> You could compile the man9 pages yourself ("make mandocs") but it'll
> involve downloading the source from and installing many
> packages. For example, I compile kernels regularly so I already have
> the tools for that compilation installed, but when I tried compiling
> those docs, I was prompted to install xmlto, which wanted to pull in
> about 750 MB, and I exited the installation. Looking at the Makefile,
> you'll have to run "make installmandocs" for the man9 pages to be
> copied to "/usr/local/man/man9". I suspect that you'll then have to
> run "mandb" but maybe not.

You need to run mandb if you want whatis (man -f) or apropos (man -k) to
work.  It isn't required for just reading the pages using man.

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at]
man-db maintainer

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