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I would say get rid of the instructions. I bought an XTR cable set a while back and the instructions were vague at best.
I do not grease my cables. More expensive cable systemes use coated cables and housings with should not be greased (that said, of course, the XTR set comes with ferrules that have some kind of goop inside).
I have heard of people using light machine oil on cables to prevent rusting, but I do not know of special cable grease.
The thing with greasing cables, is that it can collect dirty can slow down the cables a bit.
If in doubt, you can check with the shop where you got the cables and see what they recommend you do.