Common Desktop Environment: Help System Author's and Programmer's Guide

Help System Commands

Desktop actions and data types provided by the Help System enable you to compile and view run-time help files by clicking a help file icon or choosing a menu item. However, if you want to select particular command options, you must enter the command manually in a terminal window or create new actions.

Help actions and data types are defined in two files, dthelp.dt and dthelptag.dt, located in the /usr/dt/appconfig/types/lang directory.

The commands summarized here are:


Compiles HelpTag source files into a run-time file.


Displays a help volume, help topic, text file, or man page.


Collects help family files into a new help volume, browser.hv, which contains an entry for each family file.