package for kernel man pages (section 9)

Tom H tomh0665 at
Wed Dec 4 15:58:50 UTC 2013

On Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM, Colin Watson <cjwatson at> wrote:
> 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.

Many thanks.

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