Saturday, January 11, 2014

man-pages-3.56 is released

I've released man-pages-3.56. The release tarball is available on The browsable online pages can be found on The Git repository for man-pages is available on

Among the more notable changes in man-pages-3.56 are the following:

  • A new vdso(7) page by Mike Frysinger explains many details of the virtual DSO that the Linux kernel maps into each user process.
  • The man-pages(7) adds a STYLE GUIDE section that provides a number of style guidelines specific to man pages.
  • Thanks to an idea and patch from David Malcolm, the dangerous gets(3) function (which is removed in the C11 standard) is documented alone in its own man page, rather than sitting in a man page with a number of otherwise safe functions (the functions now placed in the new fgetc(3) man page).
  • Willem de Bruijn has added documentation of a number of socket options to the packet(7) man page.

In addition, smaller improvements and fixes have been made to many other pages.

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