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Access the Ubuntu Server Guide from command line

Ubuntu Server has a great guide online: https://ubuntu.com/server/docs Is there a way I could have that documentation directly from my command line without accessing the web? Something equivalent to ...
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How to view installed Java documentation?

I installed the openjdk-11-doc package but I can't find an easy way to access it. Using dpkg -L I can see that it's installed in /usr/share/doc/openjdk-11-jre-headless/api/index.html but there must be ...
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Location and Nature of “*-doc” Documentation?

While installing software using apt, I am often offered "software-doc" as a recommended adjunct to install. Presumably this provides some documentation for the software. For example, when installing ...
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What does -y mean in an apt-get upgrade command, and where can I find a reference on command flags? [duplicate]

I have seen commands like this: sudo apt-get upgrade -y I would like to know the meaning of the -y flag and a reference for Linux command line flags in general.
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problem with GUI documentation programs

The problem is within a program that their documentation is in a html file. Let's say Tex maker or wxMaxima. When I click the tag "Help" it show me the documentation through the browser, not in a ...
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Manually installing Ubuntu on an older desktop

I have been trying to install Ubuntu on an older machine, dell dimension e521 with upgraded bios, but the ubuntu-18.04.2-desktop-amd64.iso will not install due to the APIC problem. Unfortunately there ...
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redownload all documentation for a package with APT

I've recently installed a fingerprint system for kubuntu, of which part replaces a critical system component(I forget which, but it's important, so I can't use apt reinstall). I used to have one of my ...
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How to reinstall man pages after deleting them

So I wanted to free up disk space from documentation and followed the instructions in this answer. Basically I did create a file /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/01_nodoc which specifies the desired filters: ...
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How does Ubiquity determine the required disk space before installation?

This question intends to demystify Ubiquity the desktop installer for Ubuntu, on how the required disk space before installation is being determined. From this dated post Determining size of the ...
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Changes to the Ubuntu Server installer?

I messed up my Ubuntu 18.04.1 installation and decided to reinstall, which meant creating a new USB since I couldn't find the old one. To my surprise, the installer looked completely different than ...
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No examples are shown in Welcome screen of qtcreator

So I installed qtcreator package on ubuntu 18.10. I found out that to get the examples, I also needed the qtbase5-examples and the qtbase5-doc-html package. But there are still no examples shown in ...
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How to find out what is in an Ubuntu package [duplicate]

When viewing a package on the Ubuntu repositories (e.g. launchpad), there is usually only a sentence or two describing the package contents. Is there a place online to see more detail about package ...
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Is the Lubuntu recommended email software Trojita, Sylpheed, or something else?

My Lubuntu setup, upgraded today from 16 to 18.04.1 LTS, has Sylpheed 3.5.1, but the Lubuntu Manual says trojita is the default. I have noticed the Sylpheed documentation is missing graphics, which ...
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eeschema.html open by wrong App - KompoZer

This may not be a problem with KiCad or even the Documents, but I need a place to start. When using the help menu to open the Eeschema or KiCad Manuals they open in the editor KompoZer that had been ...
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What do these bash comments do

I am learning bash. Nothing special, just tinkering around with my own scripts. It's great fun. Looking at options to document your bash scripts, I came across this. What is the significance of ...
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Where to find current technical documentation for Ubuntu? [closed]

My question is: is there a document (or collection of documents), that describes (in sufficient detail to work with it) the design decisions that are specific for Ubuntu and thus distinguish Ubuntu ...
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command usage and meaning

I immediately while i was reading a plasmapy document, preformed (plasma_store -m 1000000000 -s /tmp/plasma) command and now I don't know what exactly it do on my system. Exactualy I read the ...
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Installing Octave Documentation on Ubuntu 16.04

I'd like to have on-disk documentation, as there are many times when I must be off the net. I have Ubuntu 16.04 and Octave 4.0.0. When I click the Documentation tab I get "The info file /usr/share/...
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How to make KHelpCenter show info-pages, man-pages and information from ScrollKeeper database and make full text search?

I have Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installed. I want to search for documentation and read it off-line (as it is included to the installed packages). Yelp does not work for this purpose. So I tried to use ...
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How to run full text search on help pages offline (from Yelp / gnome-help or something other)?

I have both Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 18.04 LTS installed. I want to search for documentation and read it off-line (as it is included to the installed packages in /usr/share/help and other ...
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As a Xubuntu user, where can I find GTK3 FileChooserDialog shortcut key documentation?

Ever since browsers on Xubuntu started using GTK3 instead of GTK2, and when saving a file, I feel myself pretty lost in the FileChooserDialog. By roaming the web, I found a few solutions to things ...
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Why does the ubuntu documentation seem so small?

I used to use windows as a desktop OS but in my work I use redhat enterprise linux a lot. Now that i have switched to ubuntu as a desktop OS one of the things that is bugging me a lot is the ...
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Command has no manual?

I recently installed youtube-dl. I first used apt-get to install it. However, the version was outdated and there were problems. I was able to look through the documentation using man youtube-dl. In ...
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Missing ioctl-numbers.txt file in Documentation

I am not able to find ioctl-numbers.txt in the Documentation directory in kernel directory in /usr/src. Where is it?
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What's up with Ubuntu Desktop API docs? Why are all the AppIndicator links dead?

I was going to make a quick tray monitoring script. Y'know, the classic CPU/mem/net usage example; I need a similar thing, but with my own code. 15 minutes later, trying to find any doc whatsoever ...
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Yelp help browser and the scrollkeeper catalogue

I need some help in understanding how the Yelp Help Browser works. When I start Yelp in Ubuntu 17.10 I get the Ubuntu Desktop Guide, and when I search for terms that should definitely be contained in ...
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Where to find full documentation for menuentry used in grub's 40_custom file?

In a potential answer (a comment, actually) to this question, there is reference to chainloading using the 40_custom file in grub2. The sample given on the link for chainloading does not work. I ...
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Running fsck manually

In a recent reboot of Ubuntu, which failed, I get the message to run fsck manually. How do I do so. I may have a bad HD sector, and it may be easier to reinstall Ubuntu. I'm a newbie, so bear with me.
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Emacs info manual missing in Ubuntu 17.10

On Ubuntu 17.10, installing Emacs via $sudo apt install emacs and then trying to view the Emacs manual using C-h r fails with error "Info file emacs does not exist" The same set of instructions on ...
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How can I get help on terminal commands?

I often see things like read man xyz For more information read xyz's man page. see info xyz so I wonder: How can I get help on terminal commands generally? What exactly are these man and ...
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Is there an English Ubuntu Wiki?

When answering a question here on Ask Ubuntu I sometimes would like to link to a wiki page explaining some topic in more detail, say, the ALSA sound system. For German speaking users there's the ...
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Why is the help option --help but no -h in some commands? [closed]

Most commands show the help with any of these two options: vi -h vi --help But some others only allow --help shred --help xrandr --help In these second commands, -h shows something like xrandr: ...
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is there an instruction manual for ubuntu 16.04.2? [duplicate]

Is there a book or instruction manual for ubuntu 16.04.2, other than the ubuntu desktop guide, that has all the commands for the terminal with definitions and uses for each one clearly defined?
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xman and the types of documentations - help files - that are exclusive for xman

what is the difference of xman from man. And what kind of help files can be exclusively browsed with xman.
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Termcap entry should be installed manually message after screen installation

after running make install when installing screen from source I got a message saying termcap entry (./terminfo/screencap) should be installed manually. You may also want to install ./etc/etcscreenrc ...
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How to get paragraph for certain option of command right away?

For example instead of whole manual of apt-get I want jump to -f option from terminal prompt right away, without using search through manpage.
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Eliminate individual language files when unnecessary on help.ubuntu.com

The Ubuntu desktop help documents and Ubuntu Serverguide are published on the help.ubuntu.com web site in approximately 60 languages (although many translations are very incomplete). The document ...
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Undo remove documentation from Ubuntu

I followed this answer to the question of removing Ubuntu documentation to save space. While the method worked, it has rendered my system somewhat broken. Every now and then when I install some ...
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no manual entry for string.h

I am trying to find a manual entry for "string.h", I have GNU gcc installed. But when I input man string.h, it shows me no manual entry for string.h, I am not sure what went wrong? Can anyone help me ...
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How do I look up command-line documentation for Django?

I'm used to with Ubuntu, but it is a little bit different for Django. With Ubuntu, it is easy to find documentation about a command (i.e., man ourcommand), but what about Django. I mean when I go on ...
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Where do I find all GRUB options?

I am looking for a list of all GRUB2 options with an explanation and all possible values. I tried it here and there. But I am missing options like: net.ifnames biosdevname acpi_enforce_resources I ...
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Where to find 'index.theme' specification for GTK+ theme

I am trying to create one theme for GTK+ and while doing so, I found index.theme. Now, where do I find specification for this file similar to Icon Theme and Desktop entry?
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Where can I find documentation for Ubuntu Touch commands like webapp-container?

Where can I find in ubuntu-touch something like man pages for commands such as webapp-container? I cannot find man or info pages onboard.Thanks. phablet@ubuntu-phablet:~$ man dpkg bash: man: command ...
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Where I can find the documentation for Ubuntu Touch libraries?

As far as I know Ubuntu Touch has some libraries like Hybris, platform-api and qtubuntu. Where I can find clear documentation for those? For example, I am interested in finding out what functions ...
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Identify the entries of xinput

Some of the entries of xinput are strange ⎡ Virtual core pointer id=2 [master pointer (3)] ⎜ ↳ Virtual core XTEST pointer id=4 [slave pointer (2)] ⎜ ↳...
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How to change the language in which official Ubuntu documentation (online) is displayed?

The official Ubuntu documentation is available at https://help.ubuntu.com/. Curiously, it automatically displays the content in the locale that the user's browser provides, without any option to ...
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Where is the kernel documentation?

In CentOS I can do yum install kernel-doc and then read /usr/share/doc/kernel-doc/Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt. How would I do the equivalent in Ubuntu? Professor Google told me it was in the ...
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how to manually upgrade from 15.04 to 15.10 so I can upgrade fully

Getting the error an upgrade from vivid to xenial is not supported. I need to know how to manually upgrade from v 15.04 to 15.10 so I can then upgrade to 16.whatevs as per usual. I have tried sudo ...
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How can I get raw text output of a manual in my terminal

How can I get raw text output of a manual in my terminal? I want to have the manual without a "less" type screen displayed.
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man snapcraft gives nothing

Is there no manual page for the 'snapcraft' command or is my installation broken? I'd sure like to read more about 'snapcraft release [myproject] 1 candidate'. Once I release a candidate, how do I ...