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?


To see the most MACHO man page ever created use man man which will show you the man help for men!

To see all the man pages available in Ubuntu use man -k . NOTE - man -k * will also work but man -k . is not the same as man -k * They both show all manuals BUT * will show some additional things or nothing depending if you run * inside an empty directory or inside one that has at least 1 file.

-k is equal to apropos which searches for all manual pages and their description. the DOT symbol is for ALL in this case. It is the same as apropos .

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    I always found man mount to be a little more macho. :)
    – boehj
    Apr 24 '11 at 20:02
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    Oops. I goofed on my edit in regards to the DOT's. But I'm pretty sure it's apropos, not aprobos. Apr 24 '11 at 20:11
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    Thanks.. man -k * also works. WHY couldn't "they" just name it --list or something. grr.
    – Zabba
    Apr 24 '11 at 20:32

all installed man pages are usually located in

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    More generally, they are in $MANPATH... Aug 29 '14 at 12:05

If you do:

whereis man

You'll get an output like this:

man: /usr/bin/man /usr/local/man /usr/share/man /usr/share/man/man7/man.7.gz /usr/share/man/man1/man.1.gz

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