Is there a way to follow the links mentioned in a man page? For example, here's the man page for
ps; how do I access the link marked in red?
Man pages date back to Unix First Edition. While hypertext had been invented, it was still in infancy; the web was two decades away, and the manual was an actual printed book, often with one command per page if they fit (that's why they were called pages).
The format used for manual pages has evolved somewhat since then, but most pages aren't really designed for hypertext, and the default
You can browse the manual pages of several operating systems, converted to HTML by
Some time after man pages had become the established documentation format on unix and some time before the web was invented, the GNU project introduced the info documentation format, more advanced than man while sticking to simple markup designed for text terminals. The major innovation of info compared to man was to have multi-page documentation with hyperlinks to other pages. Info is still the prefered documentation format for GNU projects, though most Info pages are generated from a Texinfo source (or sometimes other formats) that can also generate HTML. When info documentation for a program exists, it's often the main manual, while the man pages only contain basic information about command line arguments.
First of all, it's not a link. It's just an underline. Man pages are just text documents with a little bit of simple formatting that a terminal can handle. The underline is just a highlight, there is no "link" involved.
The normal mange page reader is just a text formater. In fact it doesn't even display the text, it just formats it and sends it to another text display program to be shown on the screen (usually
There are some special documentation readers that might be able to look at formatting like that and make an educated guess that such a highlight might indicate that there is a related man page that could be pulled up and create a link, but I don't know which ones do. Perhaps
If you want web like formatting with hyperlinks you can find almost any UNIX man page online with links added in. Try typing
In the case of your example, the visual highlighting is a clue that that is another program name that has it's own man page that you can easily pull up. Try
This is very late reply but use w3mman. w3mman is the system’s manual pager by w3m.
You can try it by installing w3m package. I believe this package is registered in the software repositories of most of major Linux/UNIX distributions and Cygwin.
Although w3mman is a solution to follow links, does not use all the screen (at least on ubuntu 12.10)
I prefer to use:
add the last command to ~/.bash_aliases or similar startup script to get it on every session.
hman is a tool bundled on html2man. See this
If exit with confirmation is annoying to you, as to me is use this
I was able to use the
I'm using Fedora. Not sure if this works for your distro, please test and report in comments.