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Old 07-28-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Search the 'man' pages


Hello all, google has been bringing me this way for a while now and i've solved many problems from reading the discussions made here... so thanks! Finally ive joined and have a question...
Is there anyway to search the collection of manuals for my system's commands? i.e the ones you get when you type e.g $ man ls
I think if i could search all the manuals I might be able to find commands when I need them without heading to google.

Thanks!
Tim
 
Old 07-28-2008, 01:43 PM   #2
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Perhaps apropos will help?
Code:
apropos compress
apropos remove
apropos delete
edit: Might also be worth looking at whatis, and my favourite, wtf:
Code:
whatis rm
whatis man
wtf is rm
wtf is lol

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Old 07-28-2008, 05:35 PM   #3
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Thanks, these are great!
Im not sure if your joking about wtf, i certainly dont have it haha
 
Old 07-28-2008, 05:54 PM   #4
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http://linux.die.net/man/6/wtf
installed it right away

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Old 07-28-2008, 07:33 PM   #5
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Just FYI, apropos is approx same as man -k
 
Old 07-28-2008, 08:30 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mr tim esquire View Post
Hello all, google has been bringing me this way for a while now and i've solved many problems from reading the discussions made here... so thanks! Finally ive joined and have a question...
Is there anyway to search the collection of manuals for my system's commands? i.e the ones you get when you type e.g $ man ls
I think if i could search all the manuals I might be able to find commands when I need them without heading to google.

Thanks!
Tim
Did you try man -k * | more
or man -k * > manpages.txt
or apropos * | more
or apropos * > manpages.txt
 
Old 07-28-2008, 10:37 PM   #7
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Hi,

'LINUX MAN PAGES ONLINE' is another good reference.

This link and others are available from 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!
 
  


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