Skype used to have a man page. Now, I just get:

thufir@mordor:~$ man skype
No manual entry for skype
See 'man 7 undocumented' for help when manual pages are not available.

I installed as per the directions for Ubuntu 15.10. See also:


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    How do any of the links prove skype ever had a man page? As fas as I know 3rd party apps (especially those owned by Microsoft) never have man pages(?) And it is the responsibility of that 3rd app owner to provide a help. – Rinzwind Mar 8 '16 at 11:09
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    I'm fairly sure many third party apps have man pages. There's nothing to stop the installer adding a man page as part of its install process. But it seems unlikely that it would be a priority for Skype to create and maintain a man page. – bdsl Mar 8 '16 at 15:22

No, but for a list of all options one can use with it, skype --help still works:


Usage: skype [options]
  --dbpath=<path>       Specify an alternative path to store Skype data files.
                        Default: ~/.Skype
  --resources=<path>    Specify a path where Skype can find its resource files.
                        Default: /usr/share/skype
  --secondary           Start a secondary instance of Skype.
  --disable-api         Disable Skype Public API.
  --callto <nick>
                        These commands allow Skype links handling.
  --pipelogin           Command line login. "echo username password | skype --pipelogin"
  --version             Display version information and exit.
  • leaving open for a bit to see if anyone comes up with some incredible info. thanks for the answer. – Thufir Mar 8 '16 at 9:40

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