--- a/man/en/makewhatis.man
+++ b/man/en/makewhatis.man
@@ -20,7 +20,7 @@
 .\" Software Foundation, Inc., 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139,
 .\" USA.
 .\" 
-.TH MAKEWHATIS 8 "22 January 1999" 
+.TH MAKEWHATIS 8 "September 19, 2005"
 .SH NAME
 makewhatis \- Create the whatis database
 .SH SYNOPSIS
@@ -62,8 +62,8 @@
 .I sections
 of
 .IR manpath " or " catpath .
-If the option is absent, its value is assumed to be
-.I  \'1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 n l\'
+If the option is absent, the MANSECT env var will be used.  If it too
+is absent, the MANSECT setting in man.conf will be used.
 .TP 
 .BI -c " catpath"
 The preformatted manual pages located in
@@ -89,6 +89,11 @@
 .PP
 .B makewhatis
 does not work on preformatted translations.
+.SH AUTHOR
+John W. Eaton was the original author of 
+.BR "man" . 
+Zeyd M. Ben-Halim released man 1.2, and Andries Brouwer followed up with versions 1.3 thru 1.5p.
+Federico Lucifredi <flucifredi@acm.org> is the current maintainer.
 .SH SEE ALSO
 .BR apropos (1),
 .BR man (1),