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Old 02-01-2014, 03:50 PM   #1
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using man to find groups of things

I am new to unix am an having trouble with man. I can only access words not sections. I can do this: man man and get the definition of man. I can not get to user commands or other sections.
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If you are looking for a general list of available commands, I might suggest
As I recall, there is a link to an online version of the list.
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I am not sure what you are trying to do, but my guess is that you are trying to use the section list in man man as a kind of menu. If so, it doesn't work like that.

In general, you use the name of the command that you are looking for to get to a man page, like...

man man
man ssh
man init

Or to see what is available for certain words (i.e, groups of things)...

man -k word

man -k ssh (for example)
Please tell us in a little more detail what you are looking for, and maybe some examples of what is not working for you and we can help you better.

Also, telling us what GNU/Linux distro you are using might be helpful.

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You will also note that man pages have a common format. Near the bottom of most you will find a SEE ALSO section with a list of related man pages, like this from man init...

getty(1), login(1), sh(1), runlevel(8), shutdown(8), kill(1), inittab(5), initscript(5), utmp(5)
... that will get you quickly into related pages by typing man getty, man login, etc.

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If your distro installs it by default, use "info" instead of "man". It supports linking, and is generally better maintained these days.
But it is a different animal - you could use "man info", but a better option is to get into ifo itself, and use H (capital H) to invoke the tutorial. Put aside some time to learn it properly.
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You may take a look at this tutorial about "reading/searching manpages".

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