Commit 93626d7a authored by Mauro Carvalho Chehab's avatar Mauro Carvalho Chehab Committed by Jonathan Corbet

docs: kernel-doc.rst: add documentation about man pages

kernel-doc-nano-HOWTO.txt has a chapter about man pages
production. While we don't have a working  "make manpages"
target, add it.
Signed-off-by: default avatarMauro Carvalho Chehab <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJonathan Corbet <>
parent bdb76f9e
......@@ -452,3 +452,37 @@ file.
Data structures visible in kernel include files should also be documented using
kernel-doc formatted comments.
How to use kernel-doc to generate man pages
If you just want to use kernel-doc to generate man pages you can do this
from the Kernel git tree::
$ scripts/kernel-doc -man $(git grep -l '/\*\*' |grep -v Documentation/) | ./ /tmp/man
Using the small ```` script below::
if ($#ARGV < 0) {
die "where do I put the results?\n";
mkdir $ARGV[0],0777;
$state = 0;
while (<STDIN>) {
if (/^\.TH \"[^\"]*\" 9 \"([^\"]*)\"/) {
if ($state == 1) { close OUT }
$state = 1;
$fn = "$ARGV[0]/$1.9";
print STDERR "Creating $fn\n";
open OUT, ">$fn" or die "can't open $fn: $!\n";
print OUT $_;
} elsif ($state != 0) {
print OUT $_;
close OUT;
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