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Version: December 14th, 2001 (debian - 06/08/07)

Section: 7 (Divers)


missing - missing manual pages


This manual page intends to document which manual pages are missing in various sections. Bug reports against the package manpages-dev or manpages were opened for all of them through the Debian Bug Tracking System (BTS). Some of these bug reports were reported upstream while some weren't. Upstream, however, is not able to create arbitrary manpages without additional information and additional spare time. Hence, it's completely useless to simply report them upstream.

Manpages represent an important means of documentation which can easily be read and converted into various formats. They are very helpful for checking how things work, rather than for a tutorial. If you notice that more pages are missing, please try to find additional information and report it as wishlist bug against this package.

If you are confident with the issue, please write up a preliminary manpage and attach it to the bug report. It doesn't matter if your english is bad or if you mixed up markup, as long as the content can be used as source for a new manpage. A detailed documentation on how to write manpages is available in man(7).

When writing manual pages please ensure that they are conforming with The Single UNIX Specification (see below). Linux ought to be conforming to this specification. Differences need to be documented, in additional sections, though.


The following is a list of missing pages sorted by section and bug number. If you can contribute content or even a manual page, please send a mail to nnnnn@bugs.debian.org where nnnnn refers to the bug number from below.

Section 2 - System calls

timer_create(2) - create a per-process timer

Section 3 - Library calls

obstack_alloc(3) - allocate memory
obstack_free(3) - free formerly allocated memory
obstack_copy(3) - allocate block with content
obstack_copy0(3) - allocate block with content, zero terminated
obstack_blank(3) - increase object size
obstack_grow(3) - increase object size with content
obstack_grow0(3) - increase object size with content, zero term.
obstack_1grow(3) - increase object size by 1 character
obstack_ptr_grow(3) - increase object size by value of pointer
obstack_int_grow(3) - increase object size by sizeof(int)
obstack_finish(3) - finish growing of an obstack object
obstack_object_size(3) - return the size of an obstack object
obstack_room(3) - available room in current chunk
obstack_1grow_fast(3) - fast increase object size by 1 character
obstack_ptr_grow_fast(3) - fast increase object by pointer value
obstack_int_grow_fast(3) - fast increase object size by sizeof(int)
obstack_blank_fast(3) - fast increase object size
obstack_base(3) - return tentative address of beginning
obstack_next_free(3) - return address of the first free byte
obstack_object_size(3) - return size of currently growing object
obstack_alignment_mask(3) - alter mask assignment
obstack_chunk_size(3) - return chunk size of given obstack
obstack_init(3) - initialize use of an obstack
sigrelse(3), sigignore(3), sigpause(3)
- signal management
sigwait(2) - wait for queued signals
sem_close(3) - close a named semaphore
sem_destroy(3) - destroy an unnamed semaphore
sem_getvalue(3) - get the value of a semaphore
sem_init(3) - initialize an unnamed semaphore
sem_open(3) - initialize/open a named semaphore
sem_post(3) - increment the count of a semaphore
sem_trywait(3), sem_wait(3) - acquire or wait for a semaphore
sem_unlink(3) - remove a named semaphore
wcstol(3) - convert a wide-character string to a long integer
pthread_mutex(3) - Mutex routines for threads
fopencookie(3) - open stream for communicating with the cookie
rcmd_af(3), rresvport_af(3), iruserok_sa(3) - routines for returning a stream to a remote command (see rcmd(3)).
cap_set_proc(3), cap_get_proc(3) - POSIX capability manipulation on processes
capsetp(3), capgetp(3) - Linux specific capability manipulation on arbitrary processes
if_nametoindex(3) - map network interface name to corresponding index.
rpmatch(3) - determine whether a response is affirmative or negative.
argp_parse(3) - main interface to argp.

Section 4 - Special files

pty(4) - pseudo terminal driver

Section 9 - Kernel routines

Mandrake seems to deliver section 9 manual pages, though their source is obscure and they do seem to be out-dated. Nevertheless, some section 9 manpages would be nice, indeed.
bdflush(9) - flush buffers to disk
kapmd(9) - kernel APM thread
keventd(9) - manage hotplug events
khubd(9) - kernel USB hub daemon thread
kjournald(9) - maintain the filesystem journal
ksoftirqd(9) - software handling of incoming IRQs
kswapd(9) - kernel swap daemon thread
kupdated(9) - flush the journal
scsi_eh(9) - kernel SCSI error handler thread


undocumented(3), undocumented(7), man(7).
Debian Bug Tracking System at <http://bugs.debian.org/manpages-dev>, the Single UNIX Specification, Version 2, at <http://www.opengroup.org/onlinepubs/007908799/toc.htm>, the Single UNIX Specification, Version 3, at <http://www.UNIX-systems.org/version3/>.