In 13.10, there is no dedicated help lens. In 13.04, it was the place for docs like yelp, manpages or texinfo. However, there is a manpage scope in the dash, and it is activated. But when I search for, e.g., "pdftotext", there is no result in the dash.

Is there a way to access manpages, or other help files, through the dash in 13.10?


After having entered the search term in the text field of the Dash we can filter the results to include manpages as a search source:

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This will then display manpages of all installed applications. Selecting the manpage will display its content with Yelp.

  • This is called "Smart Scopes" right? – Seth Oct 15 '13 at 21:06
  • @Seth: Not sure - I believe "Smart Scope" try to guess what you wanted to then display the right thing. It will fail on me, because I never know for myself what I really wanted ;) – Takkat Oct 15 '13 at 21:10
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    lol. Can I ask then if you're running Saucy or Raring? – Seth Oct 15 '13 at 21:15
  • Interesting. So this is an additional step, but I guess this cycle we are supposed to be trainers to educate the scopes service to be smart enough for 14.04. – Frederik Oct 16 '13 at 19:25

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