'man' is a command for accessing documentation on Linux and other Unix and Unix-like systems.

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How to parse man pages in Windows?

Here is a raw man page. Is there a way I can parse it under Windows to make it more readable?
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What is the most effective way to fix content in older linux manpages like traceroute?

Today I was reading through the manpage for traceroute when I came across this passage: "There is a couple of additional options, intended for an advanced usage (another trace methods etc.):" I ...
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Access man page for package?

After installing the gcc-arm-none-eabi package on Ubuntu, I can't find the tools or the manpage even though it appears the documentation is available: $ find /usr/ -iname gcc* /usr/bin/gcc ... ...
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What does it mean in the man page of shutdown that Requests that the system be halted after it has been brought down?

Today when I was reading the man page of shutdown, it made me confused a lot. Take -H as example. I just could not understand the "after it has been brought down". What does it specify exactly? What ...
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What happened to the man pages in latest MinGW?

I have recently (about a month ago) installed the latest MinGW version (the MinGW Installation Manager reports version 0.6.2-beta-20131004-1) and I can't find the man pages. C:\Users\Me>man gcc No ...
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where's the man pages for sizeof function in c lib?

How come there's no man pages for sizeof c function ? $ man 3 sizeof No manual entry for sizeof in section 3 $ man sizeof No manual entry for sizeof I see man pages for other c functions if I do ...
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Open man page using nano

I want to open man pages in another text editor, in this case "nano". Does anyone know how I can achieve this please?
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What does the number quoted in parentheses mean in man page of some command? [duplicate]

In the Mac OS X Mavericks terminal, inside frisk man page, there is: SEE ALSO cfdisk(8), sfdisk(8), mkfs(8), parted(8), partprobe(8), kpartx(8) Does it mean see also the eighth cfdisk or ...
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man --html - Not showing tables?

I recently discovered man --html, and am quite giddy with joy at being able to navigate the docs locally in a browser at a whim. However, it seems like certain objects, such as tables, are not ...
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No manual entry for make

I'm trying to read man pages for make on my server and they are not there. Man pages for other linux commands and built-ins, however, are there. Does anyone know why this is and how to fix? Thanks. ...
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Cygwin: man no longer works

I have cygwin installed in the default folder (C:\cygwin) on Windows 7 Pro. Up until a few months ago (not sure how long), man pages worked fine. Then came an update, and now man anything displays ...
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How do I see aptitude “Search patterns”? (~n, ~i, ~U,..)

While opening man aptitude I see this in many places: (see the section “Search Patterns” in the aptitude reference manual). How do I open this reference manual? I want to find patterns like ~i ...
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Search if program is installed for a particular purpose (Linux)

So, I am using Ubuntu 12.04.4 and I wonder if there is a program for opening PDF-files installed. I find that evince is installed in the system (by googling), and I stop to think if this can be done ...
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How to list installed man pages and search in many mans?

I am frustrated that to use man I need to know the exact name of the topic, and usually I need to search on Internet before I can open the man page. How to list installed man pages? How to search for ...
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web-based interactive MAN pages [closed]

So, there was this website where you type a unix command and it would break the command into its arguments explaining what does what. I suppose it was based on MAN, but I'm not sure. I lost the ...
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What does man [-acdfFhkKtwW] mean?

I am fairly new to using the OSX terminal, so before I move forward, I want to get good at finding information out for myself. So, I was reading about the manpages about manpages, and I saw that I ...
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Search which man sections contain a given entry

On Linux (or any other OS that uses the man tool), there are typically several sections of the manual. Often, a given entry (such as echo or printf) exists in multiple sections, but not all of them. ...
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Apropos on Arch returns “Nothing Appropriate,” no makewhatis command

I've been having a problem with apropos on both my Arch linux install and my ArchBang install. When I run the apropos or the whatis command, it returns "nothing appropriate" for anything I enter, ...
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what are the types of error messages that dd outputs? [duplicate]

What are the error messages that dd outputs? I tried to look at manual, but it does not say anything about it. Or I do not know how to look at manuals (man). Edit: OK. I'll make it simple: what error ...
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Using Debian linux command 'whereis' to show files without man pages

From the 'whereis' man pages on my Debian/GNU Linux I see: -u Search for unusual entries. A file is said to be unusual if it does not have one entry of each requested ...
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How do you change the background color of man pages?

Specifically, on OSX, in zsh. I'd like it when say... man man The background color is a darkish-yellow and the foreground is a charcoal gray/black. In this way I'm sure I'm looking at a man page ...
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\[\033[0;33m\] color code is showing up as plain text in man pages

I'm seeing the string \[\033[0;33m\] show up at the begging of several lines in my man pages. \[\033[0;33m\] is a shell color coding string that corresponds to yellow. So, for some reason instead of ...
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How can I restore the man page for ls (/usr/share/man/man1/ls.1.gz)?

I was messing around with the man page files whereupon I accidentally deleted ls.1.gz, which describes the man page for ls. Is there somewhere where I can download a copy of this file which I can ...
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non-root man pages with Linux-Ubuntu

I'm working on a Linux-Ubuntu server as non-root user. I created a small application and because I'm not a privileged user I'm going to install it under $HOME/bin directory (this directory is in the ...
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Debian - bash is default shell, but “man sh” gives dash

On Debian squeeze. Running ps -p $$ shows bash is my current shell, ls -l $(which sh) shows sh is a symlink to bash. So why, when I run man sh, do I get the man page for dash? Is this just a bug in ...
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cannot find man pages in osx (manpath issue)

I have OSX 10.8.3 and my man pages are not showing up. I have had this problem when I was on 10.6, but not I want to fix it. The reason why I cannot find man pages is because it is set to ...
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How do I find info about “sticky bits” from within Linux without having to use Google?

When I type: $ man -k sticky I get: sticky: nothing appropriate Surely there is information within the Linux OS somewhere (without having to go to Google) about sticky bits - what they are, how ...
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man page command: man 3 vs. man

I'm wondering what's the difference between "man 3 command" vs "man command"? I read in wiki (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_page) that man 3 is used in Linux in section 3 of the man pages. And ...
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Pointing man pages to different location

In my environment, I am installing a different vendor SSH server other than openSSH tended to meet our environment needs. When I issue a man ssh command, for example, I want it to point to the new ...
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Fedora 17 LXDE missing man 2 and man 3 C functions

everyone. I am using Fedora 17, and I need to refer to some C functions, but man 2 malloc or man 3 malloc ( malloc for example ) are not working. Also man (function) is not working too. Any clues? I ...
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Some man pages not found

I'm running Ubuntu 12.04. I had Fedora a couple of years back and I saw the man pages for the following there: unistd.h, sys/types.h, standard typedefs (suffixed by "_t") etc. I tried this: ...
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Installed Git via homebrew on OSX , man file problems, other potential problems?

I installed Git via homebrew, on OSX 10.8, with an already existing version of Git. The new version wouldn't show up, so I renamed the old git files (git, gitk etc...)in /usr/bin , to *-old. Now the ...
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Sometimes you are feeling down, you want to 'man up' — how can I add this manual entry in unix?

Cris-Mac-Book-2:src cris$ man up No manual entry for up How can I remedy this situation? I want to add an 'invented' manual entry for a non-existant command up so I can type man up when required. ...
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How do I execute a Linux command whilst using the less command or within the man pages?

I generally pipe the command ls with less and would like to execute a command while it is paging e.g. I come across a file that I would like to delete so I would like to execute the command rm ...
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Why does “ulimit -t 5” have no effect on “less” or “man”, but work on “yes”?

If I run $ ulimit -t 5 $ yes then yes gets killed after 5 seconds, but man and less/more don't. Why are those two immune to ulimit?
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what is (3pm), when I run apropos Unicode in see entries like this Unicode::CharName (3pm)

apropos unicode Pango::ScriptIter (3pm) - used to break a string of Unicode into runs by text Unicode::CharName (3pm) - Look up Unicode character names Unicode::Map (3pm) - (unknown subject) ...
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Cant find the term firewire in a man page - ubuntu

I went into a man page by typing man man and then typing /firewire but I keep getting a message that says 'pattern not found'. I have tried every possible solution If the way I'm doing things is ...
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linux man command in different languages

I want view man pages in Russian. Is it possible to do this? If yes, what do I need to do? Can I install it just using apt-get? I tried to google, but didn't find an answer. I'm using Ubuntu 12.04.1. ...
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Open man-page with less [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to let man utility to use less to display manual rather than more? How can i open up the Man-page for a command with the less-editor? Alternatively, how can i find ...
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local man page

I'm reading a book on administration and I'm wandering whether my answers are correct related to the man command. I'm running Ubuntu. Qstn1: How would you read sync’s local man page that was kept ...
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bash: colorized man page

Where do I have to take a look at in the system to colorize the man pages? The man pages are viewed with less, so I tried adding the following lines to my .bashrc to change the colors: (Which works ...
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How can I view all “man” entries in Unix?

I was trying to learn more about grep (as my coworkers suggested) since I rarely used it and needed to refresh my Unix knowledge. However, when I typed man grep, the following message was displayed: ...
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How to jump to a particular flag in a Unix manpage?

When reading a Unix manpage in the terminal, how can I jump easily to the description of a particular flag? For instance, I need to know the meaning of the -o flag for mount. I run man mount and want ...
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What does the -R flag do for chflags?

I'm not clear on exactly what the -R flag does for chflags. I was wondering if someone might be able to help me. The man page says this: Recurse: Change the file flags of file hierarchies rooted ...
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Difference between 'apropos *' and 'apropos .'

OpenSUSE 12.01, KDE, kernel 3.1.9-1.4-default Trying to get all man pages. Basically the answer is apropos . or man -k .. Why does apropos \* only returns about 300 man pages while apropos . returns ...
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How do I cycle through from top to bottom when passing a pattern in command: in Linux?

I came across the post at Linux 'man' command: How do I search for a word/phrase and cycle through? which explains the ability to cycle to the next pattern but how do I get it cycle through ...
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How can I use man to lookup cocoa functions like FSEventsCopyUUIDForDevice in os x?

I can use man to look up tranditional posix APIs, but NOT when I try to look up os x APIs like FSEventsCopyUUIDForDevice etc. What am I missing?
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man pages don't line wrap correctly

Sometimes running man outputs badly line-wrapped text. If I run man, quit, then resize the terminal window and run man again, it formats it according to the new window width. But if I run man, resize ...
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man gcc not working

I was trying to read about how to make gcc compile C code to plain assembly for a bootloader, but when I tried to read the man pages there were none! $ man gcc No manual entry for gcc See 'man 7 ...
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Colored man pages but git --help is not in ZSH

I have colored man pages according to: alias man="TERMINFO=~/.terminfo/ LESS=C TERM=mostlike PAGER=less man" so man less looks like but git blame --help is uncolored