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Old 04-13-2011, 10:38 PM   #1
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Question "Man pages"


I have seen where people refer to the 'man pages'. Where do I find the "man pages"???
 
Old 04-13-2011, 10:43 PM   #2
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Simply type the command "man", followed by the command you want to view the manual for. For example:

Code:
man ping
 
Old 04-13-2011, 10:44 PM   #3
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Usually in either /usr/man or /usr/share/man.

You can read them in the terminal with

Code:
man <command>
 
Old 04-13-2011, 11:04 PM   #4
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Try man man to get some explanation about manual pages.
Quit with q.


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Old 04-13-2011, 11:41 PM   #5
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As a searchable website http://linux.die.net/man/.

You can also look for stuff locally if you're not sure of the exact cmd with
Code:
apropos <cmd>

# apropos is actually an alias for man -k
 
Old 04-14-2011, 12:33 PM   #6
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A couple more tips.

1. Use apropos to get a list of man pages on a topic, as in
apropos dvd

2. If you want a pdf of a man page (e.g. to print), use
man -t command_name | ps2pdf - command.pdf
 
Old 04-14-2011, 07:08 PM   #7
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You may also see reference to info. Just as with the man pages, you can type, in a terminal, info <command>. The format of the info page is a bit different. The info pages usually contain the same information as the man pages. On rare occasion I have seen info pages with more information than the man page.
 
Old 04-15-2011, 11:29 AM   #8
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If you're using Gnome, you can view the man and info pages using the gnome help tool: press F1 in a desktop with no program.
 
  


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