I often find myself reading man pages online instead of from the command line on my system. Part of the reason is because I find it easier to browse this information on a browser on the Internet than on the command line.
However, this also means that I often end up reading information from "generic" man pages (e.g. from http://linuxmanpages.com/), or from a different distribution or tool version, and not from the actual specific tool/version I have on my system.
So I always wondered if I am missing something by not reading the man pages installed on my machine. I presume that for the most-commonly used and stable tools (and parameters), the differences are negligible, but I would like to know to what extent this is a safe assumption.
- Is it common for different distributions to come with different man pages? Is this true even for the same version of the tools provided by the distro?
- What man pages can vary most significantly across distributions?