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manvolnum — A reference volume number


Mixed Content Model

manvolnum ::=


Common attributes


In a DocBook reference page, the ManVolNum holds the number of the volume in which the RefEntry belongs.

The notion of a volume number is historical. UNIX manual pages (“man pages”), for which RefEntry was devised, were typically stored in three ring binders. Each bound manual was a volume in a set and contained information about a particular class of things. For example, volume 1 was for user commands, and volume 8 was for administrator commands.

Volume numbers need not be strictly numerical; volume “l” frequently held manual pages for local additions to the system, and the X Window System manual pages had an “x” in the volume number: for example, 1x.

Processing expectations

The content of ManVolNum is usually printed in parentheses after the element title or citation.


These elements contain manvolnum: citerefentry, refmeta.


<!DOCTYPE para PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN"
For a further description of print formats, consult the
<manvolnum>3S</manvolnum></citerefentry> manual page.

For a further description of print formats, consult the printf(3S) manual page.

For additional examples, see also citerefentry, refentry.