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In what way are doc, info, man, help different?

What's the difference between Documentation(doc), Manuals(man), Help, and Information(info)? I've seen these four different words used across different system but mostly in Ubuntu. for the most part ...
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Any reason why Ubuntu's man page on crontab(5) is less informative?

Why is the man page for crontab(5) at manpages.ubuntu.com less informative than corresponding man page at linux.die.net? Compare The "sixth" field (the rest of the line) specifies the command to ...
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Keeping “info” lines visible after quitting “info”?

I have: export MANPAGER="/usr/bin/less -r -X -is" as the last line in ~/.bashrc. This allows me to keep most of a man page visible on screen after exiting man. I want to do the same when I view ...
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Bash, what is command, utility, builtin, how do I distinguish

I'm running Bash scripting, but sometimes I get confused which of these commands I use belong to who. Sometimes 'Man xxx' works, sometimes doesn't, so I use '--help' or 'info', mostly one of these ...
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Why are the man pages for gvfs-commands not in Ubuntu? [closed]

These are the man pages for gvfs-cat gvfs-less gvfs-monitor-dir gvfs-move gvfs-rm gvfs-trash gvfs-copy gvfs-ls gvfs-monitor-file ...
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How do I look up man page references with square brackets?

Sometimes man pages contain references to other information pages, for example Everyday Git[1] and gittutorial(7) are referred to in the man page for git. Those with round bracketed numbers refer to ...
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How do I add a directory to MANPATH or INFOPATH?

I think I understand the instructions given in How to add a directory to my path? about adding directories to $PATH. But I don't understand how to add directories to $MANPATH or $INFOPATH. Also -- in ...
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What are the hotkeys to find the next and previous occurrence of a search term in man and info?

Let's say you wanted to search the documentation for mplayer: # man mplayer To search for "length" you would type "/length" while in man and press enter. To go to the next occurrence of "length" ...
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In 'apt-cache depends' output, what is the meaning of Suggests, Recommends, |, <>?

I've checked the man/info page, but there is no reference to some aspects of the output fomat of apt-cache depends The man/info page tried to be helpful (in an obtuse manner); quote: "For the ...
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What is the difference between “man” and “info” documentation?

Regarding man-pages and info help documentation: Why do two such similar sources of documentation exist? Sometimes a man-page is available and the info is not; or vice-versa. I haven't yet latched ...