When I was introduced with Ubuntu 8.04, the Yelp (Ubuntu documentation) was aware of man command: simply type man:<manpage> into the search string showed the desired man page in HTML look and feel. However, since release 13.04 this feature looks like has been removed.

missing feature

Here is the screenshot of Yelp from 10.04:

yelp 10.04

Does anyone know how to turn it back?


This is not a bug. They just change the manner how to search man pages.

You can solve this by this trick: :)

Open yelp

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Then when pressing on the search field

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press ctrl+L

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Then remove the keywords "help" or "help-list". Be sure you clean up the address

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now you can enter man:bash

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  • nice catch! I came until the ctrl-L, but missed the last step – Jacob Vlijm Mar 27 '14 at 9:36
  • This might still be considered a bug (or a feature request) if the logic of the current way wouldn't be broken by allowing "legacy" manpage searches to work as they did before. (Btw, great answer!) – Eliah Kagan Mar 27 '14 at 18:17

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