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makewhatis.local – start makewhatis or catman for local file systems



/usr/libexec/makewhatis.local [options] directories ...
/usr/libexec/catman.local [options] directories ...


The makewhatis.local utility starts makewhatis(1) only for file systems physically mounted on the system where the makewhatis.local is being executed. Running makewhatis by periodic weekly for rw nfs-mounted /usr may kill your NFS server -- all NFS clients start makewhatis at the same time! So use this wrapper for cron(8) instead of calling makewhatis directly. The catman.local utility is using for same purposes as makewhatis.local but for catman(1).


/etc/periodic/weekly/320.whatis run makewhatis.local every week
/etc/periodic/weekly/330.catman run catman.local every week


catman(1), find(1), makewhatis(1), cron(8), periodic(8)


The makewhatis.local utility appeared in FreeBSD 2.2 .

MAKEWHATIS.LOCAL (8) April 26, 1996

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"I liken starting one's computing career with Unix, say as an undergraduate, to being born in East Africa. It is intolerably hot, your body is covered with lice and flies, you are malnourished and you suffer from numerous curable diseases. But, as far as young East Africans can tell, this is simply the natural condition and they live within it. By the time they find out differently, it is too late. They already think that the writing of shell scripts is a natural act."
— Ken Pier, Xerox PARC