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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graphical user interface to view man page?

Are there any tools to view man pages in a gui? I personally dislike the command line interface. It lacks easy scrolling, searching and so on. Is there any tool with some more intuitive user interface ...
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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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'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 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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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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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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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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zsh man page documentation missing in packages?

I have a newly installed xubuntu 13.10 x64. I decided to install zsh via synaptic and make it my default shell. The installed zsh's version is: zsh 5.0.2 (x86_64-pc-linux-gnu). The installed zsh ...
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How to create a manpage?

I am packaging a program for ubuntu, And I am getting a lintian warning saying my binary needs a manpage. How does one go about creating a manpage for a program?
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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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`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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Download C++ reference

I'm learning C++ and are currently for some weeks without consistently working Internet connection. I search a (ASCII) terminal searchable & readable C++ documentation. Today I e. g. searched for ...
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Where do I get ncurses man pages from?

I can't find the ncurses man pages even after: sudo apt-get install libncurses5-dev
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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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“No manual entry for pthread” - could not find man page by name

I am new to Ubuntu, wanted to code for reader-writer block in Operating System, but when I fired the command man pthread it gave me an error no manual entry for pthread. What can be done to resolve ...
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Why are there different versions of a man page in the Ubuntu Manpage Repository?

Why are there two or more different versions of a manpage in http://manpages.ubuntu.com For example, looking at the manpage of at, you can find two, one that is provided by the manpages-posix package ...
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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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Search through a certain manpage-section in all man pages

I would like to search through subsection FILES in all man pages. I have tried man -K FILES:resolv.conf and man -K -S FILES resolv.conf in no way How can I do that?
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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 can I read man pages in my native language?

How can I read man pages in my mother tongue? I'd also like to contribute some translations. Where should I go? Is there a community supported by Canonical?
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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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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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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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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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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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How to launch google-chrome/chromium application shortcut in fullscreen/kiosk mode

I'm trying to boot a chrome application shortcut in full screen (kiosk mode). Launching as an application shortcut is straightforward by appending the command --app=http://website.com. But the ...
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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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How do I make man pages open in a web browser?

How can I make manpages (from the man command) open in a web browser for easier navigation?
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How to have colored manual pages in gnome-terminal

When I switched to tty I noticed manpages look different by using some color scheme. How to make it to gnome-terminal? Update: Here is a solution, I found at Unix stackExchange site.
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Do man pages for the same command differ depending on source?

Apologies for the poorly worded question but when I look at the -i switch in man sed, I see: -i[SUFFIX], --in-place[=SUFFIX] edit files in place (makes backup if SUFFIX supplied) ...
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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 is the difference between `man` and `man (#)`?

Just saw someone referencing man 7 regex on Stackoverflow. I tried man regex and got very similar output - there appear to be slight differences. So what is this magical number 7? Searching man 7 ...
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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?
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Ctrl+C won't close man pages

I'm setting up a Linode server, and connecting to it via SSH with PuTTY. When I bring up a man page, and don't want to go through the whole thing, I'm used to doing a Ctrl+C on the Unix boxes I've ...
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How do I look up man page references with round brackets?

I have seen How do I look up man page references with square brackets?. The questioner gives the example of gittutorial(7) and being able to access it by man 7 gittutorial. When I look at man regex, ...
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How do I get help on apt-get's install subcommand?

I tried with apt-get help install and apt-get install --help, but I keep getting the main apt-get help page offering scarce information on the install subcommand: install - Install new packages (pkg ...
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ubuntu man command display blank pages

Linux 3.8.0-31-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 10 20:03:44 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux Hello, my manpages are blank; when I type something like man ls in my terminal it displays a blank ...