Does MacPorts depend on Spotlight?

Sriranga Veeraraghavan sriranga at
Mon Nov 22 06:22:30 UTC 2021

Hi Dave,

I’ve often wondered how to find out about the functionality of all the different command line programs in MacOSX.  The best list I’ve come across is:

There is also a interesting Git project that shows the differences in man pages between Big Sur and Monterey, but I’ve never seen anything like that for earlier releases: <>



> On Nov 17, 2021, at 13:37, Dave Horsfall <dave at> wrote:
> On Wed, 17 Nov 2021, Bill Cole wrote:
>>> Where are all these obscure commands documented?
>> /usr/share/man/man1/ and /usr/share/man/man8/ mostly...
> Perhaps I should've expressed it better :-)
> I've found all sorts of obscure commands (such as "security" and the aforementioned "mdutil") mentioned on this list; now, how am I supposed to know that they existed in the first place?  I cannot find any sign of an admin guide, and this 2nd-hand MacPro did not come with media.
> It seems that I have to look at all the manfiles and wonder what they do...
>> FWIW, 'apropos spotlight' will tell you that mdutil and mddiagnose exist.
> Sure, but my query was more of a general nature.
> -- Dave

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