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 do I search for `!` (exclamation mark) in a manual page?

I want to get the explanation for ! option (which means exclude) in find command in the man find. And then I press / and shift + 1 , a Non-match popped out, instead of ! So my question is how to ...
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How to search for all the man files that contain certain keyword?

I want to learn how to search for a file by giving the content within it as a parameter. I can then apply the solution to search for commands contributed by Richard Stallman (through man pages).
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problems with man pages

after trying to install man pages in italian language I get this error: man ls man: can't resolve /usr/share/man/man1/ls.1.gz: No such file or directory No manual entry for ls See 'man 7 ...
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What is the use of the Grave/Backtick ( ` ) character in man pages?

This askubuntu question identifies/locates the " ` " key on the keyboard, and discusses its use in window switching. This question addresses the use of backticks for the shell. However, why is the ...
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Are any other systems' manpages available on Ubuntu?

The manpage of man mentions a curious option: -m system[,...], --systems=system[,...] If this system has access to other operating system's manual pages, they can be accessed using ...
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How can I browse view missing manpages from the command line?

http://manpages.ubuntu.com is a great resource for viewing manpages not installed in the system. However, it uses some weird programming to redirect short URLs like http://manpages.ubuntu.com/ls.1 to ...
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Installing the manual for getxattr

This is probably an easy one but I could not figure out. On my Fedora, I get the man page when I type man getxattr. However, on my ubuntu 12.04, I get No manual entry for getxattr. Here are the ...
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How do I sort the output of “ls” by last modified - including the date?

So the output would be either: Most recent at the top OR most recent at the bottom - giving the times when the contents of the working directory were modified? Apparently, ls -t is supposed to give ...
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/var/cache/man/fsstnd gets deleted in every boot

I am on Ubuntu 14.04.3 platform. Whenever I install a package with sudo apt-get install <package> I get Processing triggers for man-db (2.6.7.1-1ubuntu1) ... /usr/bin/mandb: can't ...
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Online Ubuntu man pages only showing i386?

I visited http://manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/wily/en/man1/conky.1.html to see which version of conky was available for that release. Why is only i386 shown? Even when I viewed any of the older ...
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Downloading Entirety of Lubuntu/Ubuntu Man-pages?

I know about this page which is almost exactly what I want. Unfortunately, it is not current. What I would like to do is to have the entirety of the Ubuntu man-pages in a nice, easy to read, PDF ...
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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 ...
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How to read package description or man page without 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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How to get a manpage for software without installing it [duplicate]

I want to read the manpage for the application cutechess, however I do not want to install it, so is there any way to get and read a manpage for a package without installing it? That is through the ...
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How can I make 'man' more gui friendly?

When I type man bash it shows the info in the terminal itself. How do I tell "man" to open up the info in gedit instead? Is this possible?
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Ubuntu Touch Manpages

I have installed the terminal app on a Meizu Mx4 Ubuntu Edition and I am surprised than the man command is not installed by default. After remounting / as rw, I used sudo apt-get install man-db but I ...
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help needed understaning ls format meaning

I hit l this evening while compiling some things, and got some unexpected output. $ l l3* lesson03.cpp lesson03.o look.png readme.txt so then I looked at alias: which lists l as: alias l='ls ...
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No manual entry for unset [duplicate]

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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How to change manpage pager

I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 with GNOME 3.16 and my current default pager for man is less (I think), but I would like to change it to something else like more, does anyone know how this could be ...
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Why does man -P behave differently when the output is redirected or piped?

man -P whoami ls This command will output user's name, just like whoami. But when you use pipe to redirect it to a file or to your screen like man -P whoami ls | cat or man -P whoami ls > file, ...
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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 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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What does the number in brackets after a command in the manpages mean?

Often, I read something like command time(1) or printf(3) in the manpages. What do the numbers in the brackets stand for?
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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 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 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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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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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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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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Where is the man page for “pthread_mutexattr_getrobust”?

I can't find the manual page for pthread_mutexattr_getrobust.
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How do I set PATH variables for all users on a server?

I just finished installing LaTeX for my company's Ubuntu server that we all SSH into to use. At the end of the install it says this: Add /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf/doc/man to MANPATH, if not ...
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How do I manually install a man page?

How do I install a man page file system-wide? For example, if I have a man page file examplecommand.1, how do I install it so that I can just type man examplecommand to view it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 works to ...
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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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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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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 ...