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Old 08-26-2010, 02:18 PM   #1
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Create a Manual / Man Page for a Script or Tool


How do we create and link a manual / man page to man command?

To illustrate my point, kindly consider the following:

-bash-2.05b# ls
-bash-2.05b# man
No manual entry for

As you can see that I have two scripts. I want to display a manual / man page for the scripts. How to achieve it?

For the time being I have done this:

-bash-2.05b# sh --help
No help document is available at this time.

That is writing related information in the script itself.
Old 08-26-2010, 02:33 PM   #2
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If it's an extensive manual you may want to better write an info file.
If it's very short, you should just put it in the script...

Anyway, a quick google search returned this , it's kinda long, so you may want to read a short page I wrote some time ago.

If you are writing a very serious/technical manual, you should probably search for "groff" which is the formatting language used in man pages.


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