seeking desktop app or GUI for reading 'man pages'
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man, less works well on some OSs, sorry I don't know of many other than Bash like man2html check: /usr/share/man/man1 (to /man8 here;), Gman, Emacs (+ a plugin if I remember corectly) also, online has a sea of spots...maybe, or? Best wishes and have fun.
The info sub-system presents more and different information than does the man sub-system. Quoting:
prompt$ info info
The GNU Project distributes most of its on-line manuals in the "Info
format", which you read using an "Info reader". You are probably using
an Info reader to read this now.
There are two primary Info readers: `info', a stand-alone program
designed just to read Info files (*note What is Info?: (info-stnd)Top.), and the `info' package in GNU Emacs, a general-purpose editor.
I use both the command-line and the Emacs package. Launching Emacs to access info or man information is substantially similar to launching a shell in a terminal.
I found the following application TkMan. I has the following description:
TkMan is a super-charged reader which can access and search your man-pages in a variety of useful ways, and then display them in a nicely-formatted and very configurable fashion. Here is a sampling of what TkMan can do:
Any man-page mentioned in another page serves as a hyper-text link, giving man-page reading something of the flavor of HTML browsing.
The section headers of a page can be collapsed into an outline, making it easy to get a feel for the contents and organization of the page.
Hyper-linked listings of each category of man-page (such as User Commands or Games), as well as a listing of new and recently added pages.
A listing of often-accessed pages can be created, and "virtual volumes" of pages can be set up, if you'd like to have several scattered pages accessible as a new volume or category.
Integration with the apropos and whatis commands.
There is an entry field in the main window which allows you to enter text-strings or regular expressions and search for them in the displayed page.
If you have the Glimpse indexing and search facility installed, TkMan can use its services for powerful searches of man-page text.
If you are either bored or in the mood for a little aleatory learning, there is a menu-button which will cause a random man-page to be displayed.
When starting up, TkMan reports on any faults it finds in your man-page and man-path set-up.