Name — Specifies profile for refentry "source name" data


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The value of is a string representing an XPath expression. It is evaluated at run-time and used only if is non-zero. Otherwise, the refentry metadata-gathering logic "hard coded" into the stylesheets is used.

A "source name" is one part of a (potentially) two-part Name Version "source" field. In man pages, it is usually displayed in the left footer of the page. It typically indicates the software system or product that the item documented in the man page belongs to. The man(7) man page describes it as "the source of the command", and provides the following examples:

  • For binaries, use something like: GNU, NET-2, SLS Distribution, MCC Distribution.

  • For system calls, use the version of the kernel that you are currently looking at: Linux 0.99.11.

  • For library calls, use the source of the function: GNU, BSD 4.3, Linux DLL 4.4.1.

In practice, there are many pages that simply have a Version number in the "source" field. So, it looks like what we have is a two-part field, Name Version, where:


product name (e.g., BSD) or org. name (e.g., GNU)


version number

Each part is optional. If the Name is a product name, then the Version is probably the version of the product. Or there may be no Name, in which case, if there is a Version, it is probably the version of the item itself, not the product it is part of. Or, if the Name is an organization name, then there probably will be no Version.