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 where nnnnn refers to the bug number from below.

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


wcstol(3) - convert a wide-character string to a long integer


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


argp_parse(3) - main interface to argp.

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.


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

RELATED TO missing…

undocumented(3), undocumented(7), man(7).

Debian Bug Tracking System at <>, the Single UNIX Specification, Version 2, at <>, the Single UNIX Specification, Version 3, at <>.