Specify an alternate manpath. By default, man uses manpath(1) (which is built into the man binary) to determine the path to search. This option overrides the MANPATH environment variable.
Specify which pager to use. By default, man uses more -s. This option overrides the PAGER environment variable.
List is a colon separated list of manual sections to search. This option overrides the MANSECT environment variable.
By default, man will exit after displaying the first manual page it finds. Using this option forces man to display all the manual pages that match name, not just the first.
Do not actually display the man pages, but do print gobs of debugging information.
Equivalent to whatis.
Print a help message and exit.
Equivalent to apropos.
As some manual pages are intended only for specific architectures, man searches any subdirectories, with the same name as the current architecture, in every directory which it searches. Machine specific areas are checked before general areas. The current machine type may be overridden using this option or by setting the environment variable MACHINE to the name of a specific architecture. This option overrides the MACHINE environment variable.
Look for original, non-localized manpages only.
By default, man searches for a localized manpage in a set of locale subdirectories of each manpath(1) component.
Locale name is taken from the first of three environment variables with a nonempty value: LC_ALL, LC_CTYPE, or LANG, in the specified order.
If the value could not be determined, or is not a valid locale name, then only non-localized manpage will be looked up.
Otherwise, man will search in the following subdirectories, in the order of precedence:
<lang> _ <country>. <charset>
en. <charset> .Sm on
For example, for "de_DE.ISO8859-1" locale, man will search in the following subdirectories of the /usr/share/man manpath component:
Finally, if the search of localized manpage fails, it will be looked up in the default /usr/share/man directory.
Specify the sequence of preprocessors to run before nroff or troff. Not all installations will have a full set of preprocessors. Some of the preprocessors and the letters used to designate them are: eqn (e), grap (g), pic (p), tbl (t), vgrind (v), refer (r). This option overrides the MANROFFSEQ environment variable.
Use ""/usr/bin/groff -S -man"" to format the manual page, passing the output to stdout. The default output format of groff(1) is Postscript, but see the manual page of groff(1) for ways to pick an alternate format.
Depending on the selected format and the availability of printing devices, the output may need to be passed through some filter or another before being printed.
Do not actually display the man pages, but do print the location(s) of the files that would be formatted or displayed.