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I have installed iftop on Mac OS X 10.7 from source but the installer didn't copy the man page to where it should be. I have no idea where it should be either. Does anyone know where I should cp it to?

I found this thread but as you can see no one actually answers the question.


returns nothing by the way.

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You can pass --path to man to show the path of a page instead of the page itself, which can quickly reveal where most pages are kept (e.g. man --path man). For a more extensive discussion of where man pages can be, read "Search Path For Manual Pages” in man’s man page. – duozmo Feb 19 at 3:41
My previous comment now has a broken link, as Apple appears to removed man pages from their developer library on the web, but just type man man to view the page locally. – duozmo Apr 30 at 14:54
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The man pages on MacOS X are located in /usr/share/man.

Checking a nearby system, the $MANPATH variable's contents look like: /usr/share/man:/usr/local/share/man:/usr/X11/share/man

As for the application you compiled, how did you install the binary? Was this installed from a basic tarball?

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Followed the ./configure && make in the instructions. Thanks for the reply. I had found the answer before I posted my own answer but I had to wait 8 hours cos I'm new. – Jez Caudle May 24 '12 at 10:18

As mentioned above - the path is /usr/share/man

As an option - you can install iftop using homebrew - then it will store man pages in /usr/local/Cellar/iftop/0.17/share/man

And to specify a right path to man pages during the install from sources - you can pass --mandir= parameter to ./configure script

i.e. something like

./configure --disable-debug --prefix=/usr/local --mandir=/usr/share//man and then do make install

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On Mac OS X, the /private/etc/manpaths file is the default file that will tell man where to look for manpages.

On my machine, it contains two paths:

/usr/share/man /usr/local/share/man

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I found a link to someone writing a script to convert man pages to pdf so they could read them on their iPad.

The location of man pages on OS X is:


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