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10.2 Man pages
A package can also include man pages (but see the GNU standards on this
matter, Man Pages (standards)Man Pages.) Man pages are declared
using the `MANS' primary. Generally the `man_MANS' macro is used. Man
pages are automatically installed in the correct subdirectory of
`mandir', based on the file extension. They are not automatically
included in the distribution.
By default, man pages are installed by `make install'. However,
since the GNU project does not require man pages, many maintainers do
not expend effort to keep the man pages up to date. In these cases, the
`no-installman' option will prevent the man pages from being installed
by default. The user can still explicitly install them via `make
Here is how the documentation is handled in GNU `cpio' (which
includes both Texinfo documentation and man pages):
info_TEXINFOS = cpio.texi
man_MANS = cpio.1 mt.1
EXTRA_DIST = $(man_MANS)
Texinfo source and info pages are all considered to be source for the
purposes of making a distribution.
Man pages are not currently considered to be source, because it is
not uncommon for man pages to be automatically generated. For the same
reason, they are not automatically included in the distribution.
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