|| ||"Michael Kerrisk" <email@example.com>|
|| ||man-pages-2.22 is released|
|| ||Mon, 6 Feb 2006 20:59:46 +0100 (MET)|
I recently released man-pages-2.22, which contains
sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 of the manual pages. These
sections describe the following:
2: (Linux) system calls
3: (libc) library functions
5: File formats and protocols
7: Overview pages, conventions, etc.
As far as this list is concerned the most relevant parts are:
all of sections 2 and 4, which describe kernel-userland interfaces;
in section 5, the proc(5) manual page, which attempts (it's always
catching up) to be a comprehensive description of /proc; and
various pages in section 7, some of which are overview pages of
kernel features (e.g., networking protocols).
This is a request to kernel developers: if you make a change
to a kernel-userland interface, or observe a discrepancy
between the manual pages and reality, would you please send
me (at firstname.lastname@example.org ) one of the following
(in decreasing order of preference):
1. An in-line "diff -u" patch with text changes for the
corresponding manual page. (The most up-to-date version
of the manual pages can always be found at
2. An email describing the changes, which I can then
integrate into the appropriate manual page.
3. A message alerting me that some part of the manual pages
does not correspond to reality. Eventually, I will try to
remedy the situation.
Obviously, as we get further down this list, more of my time
is required, and things may go slower, especially when the
changes concern some part of the kernel that I am ignorant
about and I can't find someone to assist.
maintainer of Linux man pages Sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7
Want to help with man page maintenance?
Grab the latest tarball at
read the HOWTOHELP file and grep the source
files for 'FIXME'.