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Old 08-20-2003, 06:56 AM   #1
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Under /usr/share/man, I see directories as man1,man2,man3...

Why are there such a categorization?

And files under this directories are kept in gz format. Is it like this everytime we call "man blabla", the relevant file is decompressed and after compressed?

Old 08-20-2003, 11:46 AM   #2
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Well the categories should be something like this:

1: User Commands
2: System Calls
3: Library Functions
4: Special Files
5: File Formats
6: Games
7: Miscellaneous
8: Administration and Privileged Commands

If they are compressed then they will need to be uncompressed to be able to read the man page. This is done in a temporary location so it doesn't need to compress them again after you are done reading.


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