On Thu 10 Apr 2014 at 09:22:10 -0700, Mike McClain wrote:
> What are the advantages of mandb?
mandb is used to initialise or manually update index database
caches that are usually maintained by man. The caches contain
information relevant to the current state of the manual page system
and the information stored within them is used by the man-db
utilities to enhance their speed and functionality.
When creating or updating an index, mandb will warn of bad ROFF
.so requests, bogus manual page filenames and manual pages from
which the whatis cannot be parsed.
Supplying mandb with an optional colon-delimited path will override
the internal system manual page hierarchy search path, determined
from information found within the man-db configuration file.
- From: Mike McClain <firstname.lastname@example.org>