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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 get file information in 'less' like with 'man'?

When I view a file in Linux with the 'less' command, I often only get a ":" prompt in the bottom left corner. There's no clue about how long the file will be, or at which location I am currently. When ...
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What options can be passed to pam_mysql.so in /etc/pam.d/ config files?

There's no manpage for libpam (on Ubuntu 14.10) and man pam refers to something unrelated to PAM. Search engine results only refer to example configuration files, bugs (about escaping) and postfix ...
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How to copy a section which exceeds screen/window height from a manpage with mouse?

man 2.7.0.2 neither responds to the mouse wheel, nor does dragging the mouse over the lower screen border scroll. Maybe this is working with a keyboard command only which would answer the question as ...
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Linux “man” pages appear as gibberish in CentOS

On my CentOS 6 box, all the man pages and some tools that support --help show gibberish. For example, if I type: man man I get this: ^HZ[wã¸~ǯÀjZÊèvg:=3ÌlËm’¾­¤ÞÎl<;HHBL´Z}òãSe{l?´)B¡ê«¯ ...
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What are the license(s) of the Linux man pages?

What is the license on the Linux man pages? GPL, Public Domain, etc? The Wikipedia page about the man doesn't appear to have any info about the licensing status of the man pages.
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How to install manpages on FreeNAS 9.3?

I'm having enourmous trouble installing manpages on FreeNAS 9.3 (based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE-p15). I tried: installing pc-sysinstall from ...
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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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Man command freezes computer for ~30 seconds

Every time I run man to access a manual page my entire computer freezes for about 30 seconds. My MANPATH is ...
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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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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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How can I install C++ man pages manually?

Sadly, yum install libstdc++-docs doesn't work for me: No package libstdc++-docs available. So, I can only install it myself. I've found the C++ man pages here, how can I install it? I guess ...
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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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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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Where are man pages stored in Ubuntu?

I hope my question isn't too trivial, but I've never actually needed to know this before. In which directory can I find the files of the man pages, i.e. the read-only text file opened when you type ...
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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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 pages for git Bash on windows 7

I am using Git bash on Windows 7. It provides me with a way to use most of the commands that I used to use on the bash shell on my Ubuntu machine. But the man and the info commands do not work. Is ...
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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 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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\[\033[0;33m\] 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 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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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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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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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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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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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) ...