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I'm using Ubuntu 9 as a virtual machine in Windows XP , so it doesn't have updated man pages for Linux(my machine doesn't support newer versions) . I tried to Google for few man pages that i haven't found in my virtual machine .But, what if there is a network problem?So ,i want man pages for Linux to be available in Windows XP .I tried to get such "application" or "man pages in pdf/html format",but couldn't find any? Please someone give me a solution? I mostly needed man pages for system calls.

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You can browse it online – davids Dec 28 '12 at 7:29
Of course but what if there is no internet connection when i needed them – E F Dec 28 '12 at 7:32
A similar question has been asked at askubuntu [1]:… – black_stallion Dec 28 '12 at 9:28
Did you consider installing a newer Ubuntu directly on your laptop – Basile Starynkevitch Dec 28 '12 at 10:02
Why would you want the man pages of newer versions than what you have installed? You have the man pages for your actual software, that's what you need. – terdon Dec 28 '12 at 11:06
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You can download the core man pages for Linux from here. This includes documentation for most POSIX-mandated APIs (including system calls) and for several Linux-specific issues, but not the man pages that come with various utilities.

You can then use a man page viewer for Windows, either via Cygwin, or using groff for Windows, as mentioned here.

Alternatively. the Makefile in that distribution contains an html target, which uses man2html to generate HTML versions of the man pages.

Quite honestly, it might be simpler to build a more up-to-date VM - having documentation that pertains to newer versions than the software at hand can be quite frustrating...

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