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?
When inside of the document viewer through the man command, press h or H in order to view the man's help.
From man's help screen:
JUMPING g < ESC-< * Go to first line in file (or line N). G > ESC-> * Go to last line in file (or line N). p % * Go to beginning of file (or N percent into file).
Another good idea would be to press the Home or the End keys. :)
The normal ways to do this have been suggested (see @geppettvs-dconstanzo's answer). This leaves numerous unnatural, wrong, and bad ways.
So I'll deal with a couple of those.
First, you don't have to read the man pages from a terminal (even though it will make you a better person). You can read them in html, for instance.
You can generate the html yourself from the sources on your system, but it's easier to go to manpages.ubuntu.com .
Here's the hefty
bash page, turned into light and fluffy web-renderable html :
The Bash Manpage from manpages.ubuntu.com
Here's a hack that can actually be useful : use
tail to slice off some number of lines from the end of the man page output, and view that.
Least usefully, most trivally:
man bash | tail -100
might be useful :
man bash | tail -1500 | more
man bash | tail -1500 | less)
More useful (if contrived):
$ man bash | wc -l # how many lines are in the man-page? 5375 $ man bash | tail -2600 | less # jump to the middle of the output
Of course, this is what I'd do:
man tac | tac | less
(Although you might start out reading
man tac forwards.)
Some handy easy-to-remember less (and thus man) commands:
Hope that helps (:
You can type
man less to get more information.