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Find Man pages for everything in your $PATH

Terminal - Find Man pages for everything in your $PATH
unset MANPATH; manpath >/dev/null
2010-07-02 19:45:27
Functions: manpath unset
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Find Man pages for everything in your $PATH

If I type 'man something', I want it to find the manpage in the same order as my PATH.

You can add something like this to your .bashrc

#

# Add my MacPorts, my personal utilities and my company utilities to my PATH.

export PATH=$PATH:/opt/local/bin:$HOME/bin:/our_company_utils/bin/

# Now set the manpath based on the PATH, after man(1) parses man.conf

# - No need to modify man.conf or manually modify MANPATH_MAP

# - Works on Linux, FreeBSD & Darwin, unlike /etc/manpaths.d/

# Must unset MANPATH first. MANPATH is set on some systems automatically (Mac),

# which causes manpath to ignore the values of PATH like /opt/local/bin (MacPorts).

# Also MANPATH may be deprecated. See "SEARCH PATH FOR MANUAL PAGES" in man(1)

unset MANPATH

# manpath acts differently on Solaris, FreeBSD, MacOSX & GNU. This works everywhere.

manpath >/dev/null

#

Note that MacOSX, FreeBSD & Linux have fancier ways to do some of this. (e.g. 'man --path' or 'man -q'), but this command is more universal and should work everywhere.

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