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Old 01-24-2008, 05:56 AM   #1
jCash
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create a shell script to do simple man lookup


I can do this command in linux shell:
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man -p $MYAPP_HOME/man WhateverIWantToSearchString
But I just don't want to keep typing. I want to have a shell script that would be called myman.sh and then I can just pass the "WhateverIWantToSearchString".

So it would be:
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myman WhateverIWantToSearchString
Can someone give me an insight into this?

thanks.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 06:06 AM   #2
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Why don't you just put those man files in with the rest? Or else put all those man files in a single man folder in your home directory and include it in a manpath set in your .bash_profile ?
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:04 AM   #3
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having separate myman script, prevents man page conflicts. How do you write a simple script the take command arguments and append it? This should be one liner.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:22 AM   #4
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This is what you are looking for I believe;

#!/bin/bash
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# "myman" script

mpath=/path/to/your/man/pages

myfile=$1

man $mypath/$myfile


Or something quite similar.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:25 AM   #5
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I forgot to mention, once the little script is written, you must ensure it has execute priviledges and accessible from your system PATH, unless your are ready to specify the path to it each time...

usage:

myman <file to view>


NOTE: You do NOT have to specify the PATH to the file, as it is defined by the mpath, or whatever you name it variable... Just type if the file you want to view, and voila, it's there...


Jeff
 
Old 01-24-2008, 09:51 AM   #6
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You are probably rather looking for something like

Code:
#!/bin/bash

man -p $MYAPP_HOME/man "$@"
But for something as simple as this, an alias is probably the better solution (add the definition to your ~/.bashrc or ~/.bash_aliases or somesuch):
Code:
alias myman='man -p $MYAPP_HOME/man'
 
  


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