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Old 02-01-2012, 12:16 PM   #1
karozans
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Linux Man Pages


Here is a dumb noob question.

When I do a "man exec" I get...

Code:
Man: find all matching manual pages
 * exec (n)
   exec (3)
   exec (1p)
   exec (3p)
Man: What manual page do you want?
Man:
How do I know which one to choose?
 
Old 02-01-2012, 12:22 PM   #2
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Take a look at this page, which gives a quick description frequently associated with the different sections of man pages.

Or, you can use man itself: as in "man man"

EDIT:
If I'm not mistaken, the 'p' designation for a section identifies it as a perl-based command/utility/whatever.

Last edited by Dark_Helmet; 02-01-2012 at 12:24 PM.
 
Old 02-01-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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That's a good link I use a lot.
To get more info at the cli, try

Code:
man -k exec
although you may get more than you bargained for
 
  


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