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Old 09-06-2012, 07:36 PM   #1
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What the heck are man pages? Where on here do I find them?


I am not kidding.
At first I thought, "Man pages? Well, then, are there women pages?!"
Then I thought a little deeper and said, "Maybe man-ual?"
Help? I know nothing.
 
Old 09-06-2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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Indeed, man = manual although this does not of course mean they are exclusively for the use of guys..... girls are welcome to use them too!

For each command or application there should be a manual page. You access them from the command line in a terminal/console. First type man then the program you wish to know about. For example

Code:
man bash
man also has it's own manual of course. Try

Code:
man man
They can make terse reading at first but they are a great reference when you basically know how to use the command but can't quite remember the syntax or the switches you need. On my system man pages are located at /usr/man

Hope that helps, BashTin
 
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Old 09-06-2012, 08:22 PM   #3
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Do a web search using the words linux man pages and you'll find tons of info out there about what they are and how to use them.
 
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Man page - LQWiki - http://wiki.linuxquestions.org/wiki/Man_page
 
Old 09-07-2012, 12:33 AM   #5
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Here's a nice searchable website version http://linux.die.net/man/
 
Old 09-07-2012, 11:21 AM   #6
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Examples of ways to show help.

man chdir
man ls

ls --help
chdir --help


You should know that man pages are the worst things to learn from. They are designed for people who know the command and just need to remember the options.
 
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Old 09-07-2012, 09:21 PM   #7
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Indeed, man = manual although this does not of course mean they are exclusively for the use of guys..... girls are welcome to use them too!

For each command or application there should be a manual page. You access them from the command line in a terminal/console. First type man then the program you wish to know about. For example

Code:
man bash
man also has it's own manual of course. Try

Code:
man man
They can make terse reading at first but they are a great reference when you basically know how to use the command but can't quite remember the syntax or the switches you need. On my system man pages are located at /usr/man

Hope that helps, BashTin

Awwww! Thanks BashTin........I think I'll try that "man bash" code first, I LOVE man bashing. (jk)
 
Old 09-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #8
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Examples of ways to show help.

man chdir
man ls

ls --help
chdir --help


You should know that man pages are the worst things to learn from. They are designed for people who know the command and just need to remember the options.

Thanks jefro, but then, what is my correct source? And do not tell me the answer is 42. That wasn't my question. ;D
 
Old 09-07-2012, 09:46 PM   #9
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Thanks jefro, but then, what is my correct source? And do not tell me the answer is 42. That wasn't my question. ;D
I would start with google or a linux command line guide.

"man bash" is good, but my favorite is "man date"
 
Old 09-08-2012, 06:36 AM   #10
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Go to http://tldp.org and get the Bash Guide for Beginners. Then get the Advanced BASH Scripting Guide.
 
  


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