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 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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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 ...
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How can I search within a manpage?

Is there a option to search within manpages?
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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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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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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 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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How to jump to the end of a 'man' page

When I open up the manual for a command (man wget for example) the manual can be many hundreds of lines long. How can I get: to the end of the manual quickly and back to my terminal prompt?
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Man pages offline for e-reader?

Is there anywhere one can get a copy of Ubuntu's man pages in e-reader (preferably Kindle/mobi, epub can be handled)format?
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How can I read manpages in my mother tongue?

How can I read manpages in my mother tongue? Who translates the pages? And I'd like to contribute some translations. Where should I go? Is there a community supported by Canonical?
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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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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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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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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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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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How do I decide which manpage to use on the Ubuntu Manuals site?

I've found the Ubuntu Manuals site (http://manpages.ubuntu.com) very useful for looking up manpages when I'm not at a computer with Ubuntu on it. However, I've found that sometimes the search results ...
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How to see all available `man` manuals?

How do I tell man to show me a list of all the 'manuals' installed on my Ubuntu 10.10 system? Also, is there a specific directory where the manual pages are installed?
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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 do I perform full text search in man pages?

I'm aware about apropos/man -k, but they search in summaries, while I need to search entire man pages. How can I do full text searches in man pages?
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Does man command invoke less command to display manual contents?

Whenever we use man command it opens the manual corresponding to the command(if exists). Operations on it are almost same as that of the less command(like search forward using / or backward using ? or ...
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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 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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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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Configurating man page to work like “man xxx”

I made a application in C. I wrote a manpage for this program and it's called something like edit.1. I "compiled" groff -man -Tascii edit.1 | less Now I can start it like man ./edit.1 from the ...
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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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The “man” pages are not very well laid out or even helpful at times, alternatives?

I always thought of writing a bash utility called realman which would explain commands like in the man pages but instead of laying out the commands in alphabetical order by the options the command ...
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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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How do I install the manpage from node.js' source tarball?

I have downloaded node.js tarball from its website, and now I would like install the manpage that comes with it so that I can view it by typing: man nodejs How can I do this?
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Why do I have man pages of commands that don't exist?

What is panel-test-applets for?? I don't know. But if I want to know I type: $ whatis panel-test-applets The answer is: panel-test-applets (1) - display installed applets I have the man page ...
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How do I manually install the man pages for Java JDK system-wide?

I'm installing the Java JDK manually, by downloading the JDK tar archive from java.com, extracting it into /usr/lib/jvm/jdk1.6.0_32 (also the OpenJDK installation location via apt), and using ...
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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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Where is the man page for the “rename.ul” command?

The man page for the command "rename.ul" has disappeared and I would like to install it, read it on-line or whatever, but it would be better to have it installed as it was before, in the good times. ...
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“See also” documentation referenced by man pages

I'm noticing that at the bottom of some man pages in the "See Also" section are references to documentation that aren't other man pages. For example, at the bottom of the man page for bash it ...
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missing man documentation for zsh

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 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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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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Is there a way to package man pages with Quickly?

If there is, obviously an example would be helpful. A simple "yes" isn't sufficient for the check.
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Installation of Just Clang/LLVM Documentation?

How do I install just the documentation and man pages of Clang and LLVM? I compiled the current version from source, based on the source from the LLVM website and it works fine but since it is a local ...
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How to make man pages? [duplicate]

I know how to make commands(scripts) in Linux. I would like to know if I could make man pages for the commands?
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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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Highlight manpages syntax?

Is there a way to "colorize" manpages output? I mean - the output of for example: man command_name
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How to grep whole manual?

I can do for example man cp | grep verbose to findout if cp man has word "verbose", how can I do something like (pseudo-code) man * | grep copy to find out what command to use for coping?
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How to download the Official man pages from the manpages.Ubuntu.com for Offline viewing

I am talking about this Precise Man Pages. From here i want the entire available English Language Man pages as it is , so i can view them offline in the same format .Simply Browser way, which also ...
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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 find out where $MANPATH is set?

How can I find out in which configuration file the environment variable $MANPATH is set? Is there a way to backtrace the values? I am aware of that I can grep through the whole file system using find ...
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some man pages not found

Ubuntu 12.04... I had fedora a couple of years back and I saw the man pages for the following there... unistd.h sys/types.h standard typedefs (suffixed by "_t") etc I tried this... man unistd ...
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Can I get man pages without installing the corresponding packages?

Is there a way to have man pages available for commands i want without having to install the corresponding package? For example, I want to browse the man page for emacs. And I don't have emacs ...
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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 pages from custom location

When I build some source in custom location, i.e.: configure --prefix=$HOME/.local and then, make install..., man pages are copied in ~/.local/share/man/ but inaccessible from man command How can ...