Linux man pages for Cygwin (was Re: "cygwin-os" & library man pages?)

Corinna Vinschen
Thu Feb 14 12:14:00 GMT 2008

On Feb 13 22:31, Linda Walsh wrote:
> Dave Korn wrote:
>>   Having said that, of course, since our goal is to emulate a linux 
>> system, the linux manpages should be correct and any inaccuracy is more of 
>> a bug in cygwin for not matching the man page rather than an error in the 
>> man page for not describing what cygwin (rather than linux) does...
> ----
> 	Cool!  :-)

I already asked that on the cygwin-apps mailing list 9 months ago:

To rephrase it a little bit:

We can use the man-pages package from Fedora, which is basically the
man page compilation from the Linux Documentation Project (

What we need to make this dream come true is a volunteer to become
package maintainer for this man-pages package.

We have a list of supported function calls in our source repository.
You can find it as part of the cygwin docs online: 

It should be easy to compare this set with the full set of Linux man
pages and to extract the man pages with the supported list of functions
for our man-pages package.  This would have to be changed only when a
new Cygwin version with a new set of supported functions gets released.

Any volunteer?


Corinna Vinschen                  Please, send mails regarding Cygwin to
Cygwin Project Co-Leader          cygwin AT cygwin DOT com
Red Hat

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