The Linux command "man" displays manpages

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What do the parentheses and number after a Unix command or C function mean?

I keep seeing parentheses and a number after a command in Unix or Linux or C function. For example: man(8), ftok(2), mount(8), etc. What do these mean? I see them in man too.
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What does the 1 in ls(1) refer to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the parentheses and number after a Linux command or C function mean? I see that many utilities have a number in brackets after their name, for example ls(1) or ...
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How to install man pages for C standard library functions in Ubuntu?

In my university, I can do such things as: man strlen man strcpy man msgget man msgctl and a nice manual page appears. On my PC I get $ man strcat No manual entry for strcat Any help on how ...
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Bash Man Page: kill <pid> vs kill -9 <pid>

My man page does not document the difference between kill <pid> and kill -9 <pid> Since these do different things why is the -9 not documented in the kill manpage? I thought maybe ...
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What do the underlined words in Unix man pages do?

This may be a really dumb question, but I think that I remember hearing that they link to other pages and that there is away to follow the link. Maybe it is just for emphasis
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man page only found after ran with root

When I try to run man page on my Red Hat as a normal user I get "No manual entry for zip" If I change to root run: "man zip" and then I get the man page and afterwards I see the same man page as I did ...
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what does crypt(3) and whatnot mean [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the parentheses and number after a Linux command or C function mean? In Linux Manpages (http://linux.die.net/man/3/crypt) I often see sth like this: crypt(3), ...
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Why does $ find -delete not work sometimes?

I think what I'm talking about is this part of the manpage, which is just barely too indecipherable for me: -delete ... It will not attempt to delete a filename with a ``/'' character in its ...
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Enabling mouse scrolling in OS X terminal man pages

I have been trying to find a way for the OS X Terminal to accept the mouse input to scroll in the man pages. I have installed SIMBL and MouseTerm but this does not enable scrolling in the man pages. ...
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How can I make the man command not use a pager?

How can I force the man command to not use a pager, and instead output the whole manpage at once and keep all highlighting? If I use man -P cat or man | cat, I lose highlighting.
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Linux: disable man from showing mans in non-English languages

On my Linux there are some outdated translated mans installed. I want to prohibit man utility from showing them. I want to do this permanently, while saving a current locale. What environment ...
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Man broke, possibly on installing git, how do I fix?

I am running Mac snow leopard 10.6.3 and I used a mac installer program for git that was designed originally for leopard. I think since then my man pages have been broken and attempting to look up any ...
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How to “See portage(5) for more info” ? The `man` command on Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what does crypt(3) and whatnot mean See portage(5) for more information. What does the (5) mean? How to see portage(5)? BTW: Where should I look forward for such ...
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Linux Man command help

Are there any tricks/sites/methods to use the linux man command in a more convenient way ? I love commands in terminal but for some strange reason I preferred to type man in firefox then in the ...
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How do I make 'man ascii' work on Fedora 11

Upgrading from Fedora 9 with a full reinstall off the non-developers CD image, then installing various packages. man ascii doesn't work -- what do I need to install to get this to work?
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What part of man pages apply to the bash shell?

I am currently using the bash shell but am a bit confused about man entries. For example the man entry for source (man source): DESCRIPTION sh The exec command specified by the arguments is ...
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What are the numbers in parentheses in the names of unix tools? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: what does crypt(3) and whatnot mean I'm talking about, e.g. in the git Manual pages, on the git(1) page, See gittutorial(7) to get started, or git-add(1) ...
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Get man page for different implementation of same command?

On SunOS man grep gives me the man page for the SunOS grep but grep --version says it's grep (GNU grep) 2.5. How do I get the man page for GNU grep?
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What are the numbers in some unix manuals refering to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are the numbers in parentheses in the names of unix tools? Hello, what these numbers I see in manual pages for linux commands? See this gittutorial(7)[tutorial] to ...
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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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What's the difference between “uname -r” and “uname -v”?

I am using CentOS 6.2. In the man page of uname (i.e., man uname), it says: -r, --kernel-release print the kernel release -v, --kernel-version print the kernel version ...
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How to access sub-pages of a man page

If I type man perl on the command line, I get the man page for perl, which lists all of the sections into which the perl man pages have been split. How do I access one of these sections? For ...
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Is there a way to integrate the unix “man pages” into OSX's Dictionary app?

I was thinking it would be cool to be able to look things up in the man pages the same way one looks up words with the "Dictionary" app. Is there a way to add the man pages that OSX supplies into the ...
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Problem with single quotes in man pages

When I ssh into my Debian Lenny server and open a man page, single quotes appear to be messed up. Example from the man page of apt-get: If no package matches the given expression and the ...
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Is their way to get manpages on windows machine, apart online-manpages

Is their way to get manpages on windows machine, apart online-manpages. - I have a suggestion, if someway i get all the manpages in a text format (still donot know how), put then in a dir and then get ...
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My man page is empty

When I try to see man for socket I get an empty page. What's going on? I get the following text in man Manual page socket(3) line ?/? (END) It seems man can not identify line (maybe). How can I ...
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how does ubuntu database work with regards to external ppa's and adding man pages for system wide plugins

Can someone give a brief explanation of how Ubuntu's database for packages works pls. I have recently added PPA's and a system wide Plugin/package from Github. can i update the database? and add man ...
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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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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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Getting man path through Vim

So, I've set up Vim as my default man viewer. I also have NERDTree starting up automatically - but I could really do without NERDTree showing the location the man pages every time I check man. I've ...