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How to Setup Multiple System Distro Manpages




Hi folks,
I've installed a few WSL distros for comparison and downloaded a bunch of other
manpage sets and unpacked them:
$ l src/man/*[0-9].tar.gz
src/man/CentOS_7.1.tar.gz          src/man/NetBSD_7.1.tar.gz
src/man/Darwin_7.0.1.tar.gz        src/man/OpenBSD_6.2.tar.gz
src/man/Debian_8.1.0.tar.gz        src/man/Red_Hat_Linux_i386_9.tar.gz
src/man/FreeBSD_12.tar.gz          src/man/SunOS_5.10.tar.gz
src/man/FreeBSD_Ports_11.1.tar.gz  src/man/SuSE_Linux_i386_11.3.tar.gz
src/man/HP-UX_11.22.tar.gz         src/man/X11_R7.4.tar.gz

$ l /proc/cygdrive/c/usr/local/share/man/
cat1/          debian@                      man1p/  mann/           SunOS-5.10/
cat3/          Debian-8.1.0/                man2/   netbsd@         suse@
cat5/          freebsd@                     man3/   NetBSD-7.1/     SuSE-11.3/
cat7/          FreeBSD-12-current/          man3p/  openbsd@        ubuntu@
cat8/          FreeBSD-ports-11.1-RELEASE/  man4/   OpenBSD-6.2/    x@
centos@        hpux@                        man5/   ports@          X11R7.4/
CentOS-7.1/    HP-UX-11.22/                 man6/   redhat@
darwin@        man0p/                       man7/   RedHat-9-i386/
Darwin-7.0.1/  man1/                        man8/   solaris@

but despite reading docs, adding links and changing configs, I'm unable to get
man/-db to access these with or without the -m system switch.

I know I must be missing some essential point, but searching has not come up
with anything to help me fix this.

Has anyone here set this up and can suggest an approach that will work?

-- 
Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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