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Questions tagged [documentation]

For questions regarding written documentation such as manuals, help files, policies, instructions, or guides.

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Channel bonding modes

I wanted to know where is the documentation of channel bonding implementation in Ubuntu because the bonding modes are described differently on the internet I have Ubuntu Server 10.0.4 LTS and it's ...
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no css in MATLAB help documentation in KUBUNTU

When I Browse in MATLAB Help documentation o css showing there. Neither any figure is showing. In command windows the following error is showing: Exception in thread "XPCOMMessageLoop" java.lang....
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How are typical users expected to read the documentation in /usr/share/doc?

I recently learned that there is a huge pile of documentation in /usr/share/doc. It seems like much of it is gzipped so that it is not directly accessible without administrative privileges: $ gunzip ...
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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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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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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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Developing Unity Dash Plugins

I would like to develop a Unity dash plugin, but I can't find developer resources for building dash plugins. Can anyone direct me to online documentation or tutorials?
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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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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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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 do I distinguish between a command, utility, or builtin for getting documentation?

I'm running Bash scripting, but sometimes I get confused which of these commands I use belong to who. Sometimes man xxx works, sometimes doesn't, so I use --help or info, mostly one of these works to ...
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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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What is a easy way to view texi files?

I am reading some files for a library I plan on using and the files are of extension '.texi' and although I can open the files in gedit, all the syntax and markups make it difficult to read. Also, I ...
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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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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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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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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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What does the kernel taint value mean?

Running cat /proc/sys/kernel/tainted prints the current kernel taint value (in base 10). My understanding is that this value is a bitfield, where each bit indicates the absence or presence of a ...
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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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What happened to the dhelp package?

Previously, I happened to consult local HTML documentation under /usr/share/doc/HTML/ which should be available after installing the dhelp package. However, since running Xubuntu LTS 14.04, this very ...
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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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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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Does ClamAV provide any documentation on malware signatures?

I see ClamAV telling me the names of all the viruses that it has detected on my computer, but it seems to give me very little documentation on what those detections actually mean, and what the viruses ...
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What are all the apt command-line commands and options?

I know they think that they are being helpful, but in fact they are being quite the opposite here in the apt --help and manpage: Much like apt itself, its manpage is intended as an end user ...
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Hotkey for “Kde button” menu? And default shortcut-keys cheatsheets?

What's the hotkey to open that thing in KDE that's basically like the Windows' "Start" menu? I've found it surprisingly hard to find some basic hotkey cheatsheets for my shiny new install of Kubuntu.....
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How can I browse Ubuntu Wiki offline?

I am accustomed to offline wiki browsing. I thought it would be great if I can read Ubuntu wiki in the same way. Is there anyway I can read Ubuntu Wiki offline? Help will be much appreciated if I ...
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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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How to view documentation for an installed library?

I installed doxygen and doxygen-doc. The man page for doxygen tells me to get doxygen-doc for more information. I found the doxygen-doc in my usr/share/doc, but its a compressed archive. So how can I ...
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Installation guide for multiple servers using Cockpit

I found this project can handle multiple servers Cockpit Project but I do not know how to use it. Question is then, is there Cockpit documentation or is there an alternative for MULTIPLE server ...
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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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Why doesn't Kubuntu come configured as advertized? [closed]

This is a problem I've had with multiple distros over the years. Most recently, with Kubuntu, I've noticed that many of the features and software that the specs on the website outline are not included ...
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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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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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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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gridengine-qmon package missing context help

I upgraded to Precise and installed gridengine. The qmon GUI administrative tool still has the ancient X11 style interface from Sun Grid Engine, but when I click a Help button the "Context Help" popup ...
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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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What are the files in /dev/input/ and what they do?

I'm fairly new to ubuntu and I've started to search around everywhere and check everything! Recently I saw these files at /dev/input/eventX, js0, mice, mouseX. By printing the output using "cat" I ...
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How do I view the man pages?

I'm new to Linux. I got the "Unix And Linux System Administration Handbook" It speaks of several verisons of linux and unix, and the commands for viewing linux man pages and not specific to ubuntu. ...
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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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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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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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How to have colored manual pages in gnome-terminal

When I switched to tty I noticed manpages look different by using some color scheme. How to make it to gnome-terminal? Update: Here is a solution, I found at Unix stackExchange site.