A manpage is a piece of documentation (not just a single page) that comes with most programs installed on Ubuntu.This is invoked with the name of a program to call up a help manual with various sections detailing the operation of the program.

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How to search through a man page?

I often want to search through a man page, however I am forced to either do: man <package> | grep <search> Or: man <package> > file.txt But there must be an easier way than ...
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Where can I see beatifully formated online man pages? [duplicate]

I find the terminal man pages hard to read. I tried some online versions, but all cases I've seen are also hard to read because of poor formatting. Do you know where can I read modern, beautifully ...
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How to read command example syntax in synopsis sections of MAN pages?

I am trying to get better about using documentation to understand command syntax but I realized I don't fully understand the symbols used which show all the options and parameters that can be passed ...
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Missing man page of Clang

I installed Clang 3.6 following the instructions here (the latest version in Ubuntu repository is 3.5): # to retrieve the archive signature wget -O - http://llvm.org/apt/llvm-snapshot.gpg.key|sudo ...
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What do numbers between parentheses in bash man pages mean: bash(1), ssh_config(5), sshd(8),

Most of bash commands have an help manual which can be opened in the command line by using the command man: man bash man ssh_config man sshd On the first line of every man page for a command, we ...
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How to edit tsql man pages?

I've done some Googling and searched on askubuntu and haven't found my answer yet. I'd like to make some minor edits to the tsql man pages on my system only, to clarify things. I've found the man page ...
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Where is the man page for “pthread_mutexattr_getrobust”?

I can't find the manual page for pthread_mutexattr_getrobust.
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Removing man pages on Ubuntu Docker installation

I am trying to reduce the footprint of my Ubuntu docker image. Given that there is very little use for the man files and I deleted them, committed the image and then tried to use it. AFAICT it did no ...
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How to disable updating man page even I update/upgrade the package itself

For personal use I want to edit some man pages in my system, including adding some notes and removing many unneeded lines. So my question is how to establish that? Back to my question What is the ...
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What is the default PAGER used by man pages?

What is the default PAGER used by man pages. I,e what is the program runs the man pages? It look some like more or less. I'm sure it's not more since more doesn't support reverse backward.
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Where are commands `fg`, `bg` and `jobs` installed? [duplicate]

fg, bg and jobs are used for job management. And for some reason (maybe it's just me), I'm not able to find where their binaries are nor their manpages (whereis prints no information). which gives no ...
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Where are docker man pages?

I'm desperately searching for a .deb package with docker man pages. Any idea? I have stable 14.04. Just to be clear, I'm asking for the man pages for https://www.docker.com/ thx
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How to read package description before installing?

How can I get information about a package before installing it, from the terminal? I mean something like man pages, but accessible even before the package is installed.
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man, info pages for a specific flag [duplicate]

The man and info pages can be rather long. I only want information about a specific flag for a command. Example: man ls -a should return information about the a flag for the ls command, maybe ...
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How to get help on a specific option of a command [duplicate]

I guess the title says it all. I know I can get help on a specific command, for example wget, like this: wget --help But how can I get help on some specific option of that command? For example, I ...
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How to update unshare package (unrecognized option '--fork')?

I'm facing to an issue. I'm on Ubuntu Desktop 14.04. The execution of a program fails with the error: unshare: unrecognized option '--fork' I found on the web two man pages for 'unshare' package: ...
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How to find manpage package corresponding to a specific executable?

After installing Ubuntu 14.10 Desktop 64-bit from scratch on a laptop, I tried to fix the installer bug whereby the locales are not set up properly by default. I then found a possible fix to that ...
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tlmgr man page not found

I have installed tlmgr and I've added to /etc/.bash.bashrc the following line: MANPATH=/usr/local/texlive/2014/texmf/doc/man:$MANPATH; export MANPATH Then I've done source /etc/bash.bashrc and man ...
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I need regex(7)'s manual, but man command shows regex(3)'s manual

I understand there are many manuals (which are displayed by man command) in Ubuntu that has same names and are distinguished by a number. For example there is regex(3) and regex(7). If I type man ...
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'Grotty' man page messages

If I try to search within certain man pages using grep, I get several 'grotty' messages. For example: man mpv | grep dvdnav results in: mpv dvdnav://[longest|menu|title][/device] [options] ...
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libstdc++: man std::sort or man std::algorithm failed

I have downloaded libstdc++-api.20140403.man.tar.bz2 from ftp://gcc.gnu.org/pub/gcc/libstdc++/doxygen/ and installed it. man std::vector is ok, while man std::sort and man std::algorithm both failed, ...
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Broken man pages

All man pages seem to be broken on my Ubuntu 14.04 installation. I tried to reinstall (with purge) the man-db package, but that doesn't help. Man pages look like --> . The description is ok, but ...
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How to view man pages without the unnecessary linefeeds?

I like to copy man pages to my own offline documentation where I can highlight and supplement the information with my own notes. However, I always have a problem with the exported text containing ...
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Where do I find the zsh manual in Ubuntu versions later than 12.04?

At the moment I am learning zsh based on recommendations from friends and colleagues. To my surprise I was unable to find the man page for zsh and a man page named zshmisc which apparently was ...
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Change manual page option color

I see the man page options very dark. I use the konsole terminal in Kubuntu. I want to change the colour, how can I do it. The solution that I've found only works until shutdown. The terminal ...
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How to get color man pages under fish shell?

There seems to be a way to get man pages to display in color (see here. It involves setting environment variables associated with less and adding these definitions to .bashrc. I tried doing the same ...
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`audit.conf` man page is missing

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 latest version, and when I do man audit.conf it returns No manual entry for audit.conf but I need it...
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What does man command do in broader sense?

While reading about Linux, I got the following about man (manual) pages: The man pages are the most often-used source of Linux documentation. They provide in-depth documentation about many ...
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Linking to man page sections?

Online man pages in HTML with section anchors? It would be good to have an online version of the Ubuntu man pages with direct links into subsections. That would allow to point someone to the relevant ...
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Samba Domain Setup

I have set up UBUNTU Server on an HP-Proliant. Idea is a simple SMB-File Server setup with restricted User rights in a mixed Win/Lin/OSx LAN To achieve this I thought out a domain setup with samba. ...
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Why does “man x-terminal-emulator” return the output of “man gnome-terminal”?

I know what x-terminal-emulator is and does, but I don't understand why there isn't exist a special manual page for it instead to be redirected to the manual page of gnome-terminal. I would like to ...
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find commands with man pages

we use man foo to search about command foo. To know what is it and what its task and to find all switches. But the point is when you want to Do foo and you do not know what is the command for that. ...
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No manual entry for unset

I try to display the help pages of unset command line , i get as a result the following output: No manual entry for unset I see this issue since they are similar , however , it cannot be ...
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Man Page Complete External Documentation pdf or text build

Ubuntu 14.04 man Version 2.6.7.1 gedit Version 3.10.4 I'm in the process of putting together a Complete Man Page Documentation, currently as a txt file, hopefully as a pdf eventually once I find a ...
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How do I view the man pages?

I'm new to Linux. I got the "Unix And Linux System Administration Handbook" It speaks of several verisons of linux and unix, and the commands for viewing linux man pages and not specific to ubuntu. ...
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How to find specific switch in man page

Suppose I want to know the usage of -i switch in grep command without scrolling. I need the specification just for that command or at least see the screen show that first. So how? As you can say that ...
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How to follow a link in man

When looking at man-pages in the terminal I often come across words with bracketed numbers after them (like mkdir(2)). If I am not mistaken, these are links or references to other man-pages. If so, ...
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Words with underline in commands man page

There is some words in man pages for most commands that I have seen. What is the meaning of this underline? Is that Link? If yes How we can go there?
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Missing manpage for `ifconfig`

$ man ifconfig No manual entry for ifconfig See 'man 7 undocumented' for help when manual pages are not available. $ dpkg -l | grep -i manpages ii manpages 3.54-1ubuntu1 ...
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Is there a man page for php pear from php-pear package?

I'm searching for man page documentation or alternatives for the php-pear package on Ubtunu 13.10. Concretely I'm stuck with the following issues (besides not finding the man page where I believe to ...
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Satisfy dependencies on autoremove

Based on man apt-get for autoremove we got autoremove is used to remove packages that were automatically installed to satisfy dependencies for some package and that are no more needed. Can ...
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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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Man command does not work with yelp

When I was introduced with Ubuntu 8.04, the Yelp (Ubuntu documentation) was aware of man command: simply type man:<manpage> into the search string showed the desired man page in HTML look and ...
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How to make `man` work for shell builtin commands and keywords?

I use the man command all the time when I want to get information about a specific command. But this doesn't help me too much when that specific command is a shell builtin. For example: man cd ...
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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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Open man pages in help window using terminal

While using Gnome Do, I discovered that man pages could also be opened in help window as shown in this image. What is the command to open manuals in help through terminal?
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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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How to redirect all manuals to files?

Just for fun, or say for sake of convenience, I decided to write out all man pages to files. Now if I have to do it one by one, I would do man package-name > filename. But I want to do some ...
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Bash built-ins with no manual entries

Why do some bash built-ins (such as dirs, pushd or help) don't have manual entries?
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What do the numbers in parentheses near the commands mean? [duplicate]

In some manuals online I see numbers in parentheses following the commands, like (sshd(8), ssh_config(5), etc.). What does this mean, and why is it important to indicate/show the number?