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mr tim esquire 07-28-2008 02:35 PM

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

pwc101 07-28-2008 02:43 PM

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


mr tim esquire 07-28-2008 06:35 PM

Thanks, these are great!
Im not sure if your joking about wtf, i certainly dont have it :p haha

jomen 07-28-2008 06:54 PM

http://linux.die.net/man/6/wtf
installed it right away :D

chrism01 07-28-2008 08:33 PM

Just FYI, apropos is approx same as man -k

john test 07-28-2008 09:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mr tim esquire (Post 3228929)
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

onebuck 07-28-2008 11:37 PM

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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