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man.config - configuration data for man


This file is read by man(1) and contains (a) information on how to con- struct the search path for man, (b) full path names for various pro- grams like nroff, eqn, tbl etc. used by man, and (c) a list with uncom- pressors for files with a given extension. An alternative version of this file can be specified with man -C private_man.config ... The command names may be provided with options. Useful options to nroff can be found in grotty(1). For example, instead of the default line NROFF /usr/bin/groff -mandoc -Tlatin1 one may write NROFF /usr/bin/groff -mandoc -Tlatin1 -P-u -P-b in order to suppress underlining and overstriking.




John W. Eaton was the original author of man. Zeyd M. Ben-Halim released man 1.2, and Andries Brouwer followed up with versions 1.3 thru 1.5p. Federico Lucifredi <> is the current maintainer.


col(1), (g)eqn(1), (g)pic(1), groff(1), grotty(1), (g)refer(1), (g)tbl(1), less(1), man (1) and compress(1), gzip(1). September 19, 2005 MAN.CONFIG(5)

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