Is there a option to search within manpages?
Just hit /, and type your search pattern.
Patterns can be regular expressions, for example, you could search for the word "option" by typing
Or find all of the long arguments with
To cancel the search, hit Ctrl+C.
Some useful quantification operators are:
? for zero or one of the preceding expression * for zero or more of the preceding expression + for one or more of the preceding expression
And expressions can be "grouped" with parentheses, as in
(--)+(for two or more dashes).
[a-Z]is a sequence (others include [0-9], [a-z] and so on), they can be combined, as in
[a-Z0-9]. You can also invert expressions with the
(--)[^a-Z]+for all long arguments that start with anything other than a letter.
Another useful operation is Union (
|), as in
color|colour, which finds every occurrence of either color or colour (this is sometimes called boolean OR).
If you are searching for strings containing some of these "reserved" characters (like
+), prefix them with a
/\+kto search for
To jump through the results, press N (forwards) and Shift+N (backwards).
There is also a way to search across all manpages:
man -K "Hello World"
manprogram will open the first match, and after you close it with
q, offer you to
- view the next one (Return)
- skip the current one (Ctrl+D)
- or exit (Ctrl+C).
Minor appendix to the excellent answer from Stefano:
less when no other pager specified. So you can search either with
/ or with
If you search with
/ then you search forward and you use
n to find the next match and
N to find previous match and if you search with
? (search backward)
n will search previous match and
N will search the next match.
man less for the details.
Also you may use
man -wK word to list out all manual files with some word.
If you are already in the man page,
/ search is easy to use, but I prefer to specify my search word with the
man command, so it opens directly on the first occurrence of the term.
This is fairly straight forward with a pipe:
man ksh | less +/LINENO
But if you wanted to stick only to
man options, it seems to be very roundabout. You have to override the default output pager (
less -f) with the
man -P 'less -p LINENO' ksh
If you have Ubuntu Desktop version installed you can search graphically.
Gnome help uses
yelp program. Instead of typing
man ls for the CLI man page you can type
yelp man:ls and view in GUI window:
Once loaded you can use Control + F to search.
I open the man page on the internet and use my browsers search feature Control + F.
For example if in the terminal I type in
man yad in my browser I would type
linux man yad.
You sometimes need to pay attention that the internet version can sometimes have newer or older list of arguments but this has rarely happened to me.
The advantages of internet manpages goes beyond search facility and includes superior scrolling plus easier copying to clipboard.