manvolnum — A reference volume number.



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.

Children [+]

This element contains 16 elements.


  1 <article xmlns=''>
  2 <title>Example manvolnum</title>
  4 <para>For a further description of print formats, consult the
  6 <manvolnum>3S</manvolnum></citerefentry> manual page.

For a further description of print formats, consult the printf

manual page.

Last revised by Norman Walsh on 6 Jun 2011 (git hash: 6ffcc7640bbc5f852a318e452c9f210f03292cb9)