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Old 05-30-2005, 11:19 AM   #1
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list of C functions in MAN

I've got very little knowledge of C and found the price of a good book out of my reach, some expert suggested learning the functions in the man pages so here is my question:

How can I obtain a list of the C functions in the man pages of my distro?
I've got Fedora C2

Thank you for your help.
Old 05-30-2005, 12:01 PM   #2
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I know /very/ little C but I would suggest opening `xman` and browsing the sections "System Calls" and "Subroutines", which I believe are C functions.

And I can understand the book dilemma, I was lucky that my workplace compted all my books.
Old 05-31-2005, 04:42 AM   #3
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Thank you for the answer.
It looks like Fedora doesn't have "xman", it may be specific to your distro which is better.
Running "find / -name xman" shows nothing.
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Section 3 of the man pages has the Linux Programmer's manual. So you can find the man page specifis to the C program function "printf" as opposed to the Bash "printf":

man 3 printf

go to the directory to browse *all* of the Programming manual:

cd /usr/share/man/man3
ls | less

and here's some great free reading online:

I also wrote a couple of Bash shell scripts, which I post at:

in my clumsy, still-new attempt to give back to the Linux community. The scripts there you may find helpful include "site2book", which is a small mirroring utility for getting an online book and saving it as a .tar..gz file for portable offline reading, and "411" which scans your system for documentation in whatever form exists for whatever file, program, or concept you give it. They're both beta and kludgey, but if you find them unusable you can re-think them or come up with something better!


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