max_num_pages represents the number of pages when any WordPress archive is displayed. It is set using the posts_per_page global variable. It is calculated and set in the functions next_posts_link($label=’Next Page »’, $max_page = 0) and posts_nav_link($sep=’ — ‘, $prelabel=’« Previous Page’, $nxtlabel=’Next Page »’) defined in [wordpress root folder]/wp-includes/template-functions-links.php.

WordPress uses this global variable internally to create the next and previous links for navigation in an archive. Plugin and theme authors need not access this global variable directly.

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