man - format and display the on-line manual pages

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Get information on tools/packages that are not installed [on hold]

How can I get information about packages I have not installed (other than a web search)? For example, imagine I am interested in iftop. If I do a web search I can find a wikipedia article and the man ...
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Why doesn't manpage show the available options?

When I open a manual in bash in Linux Mint 17.1, e.g. man man, the available options are not shown. Why is that and how do I fix it?
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What is the deal with mandb and stray cats?

The man page for mandb refers to stray cats: -s, --no-straycats Do not spend time looking for or adding information to the databases regarding stray cats. There is no ...
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Viewing man pages with scroll wheel support

I'd like to use the scroll wheel (xterm mouse escape codes) to scroll through man pages, like I can in emacs with xterm-mouse-mode. less doesn't seem to have support for that and short of recompiling ...
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How to find documentation about macros in the manpages?

I've been working on a Routing Protocol and looking at legacy code for different routing protocols. I constantly find different macros where I it is very hard to find it in the header files because ...
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How can I open a man page in a new terminal window?

I'm wondering if anyone can help me with a workflow issue. I sometimes open up a man page for a command, take note of several command options and parameters, go back to the command line and then input ...
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No manual entry for man

I'm working in a Centos 6.6 Docker image. I thought I installed everything to get access to man pages, but apparently not... $ yum install -y man man-pages man-pages-overrides [...] Complete! $ ...
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Is there way to see `man` document only for specified option of a command

If I want to know the meaning of wget -b, I see the manual by man wget, then search the -b option. -b --background Go to background immediately after startup. If no output file is ...
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Make Less highlight search patterns instead of italicizing them

To my understanding man uses less as a pager, and when searching for keywords using less it "highlights" keywords with italics. I find that really inconvenient, so I'd like to change this to something ...
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What hotkeys are supported when reading a man page?

People usually know after running man fdisk that they can search with: /foo (where foo is the string to be searched for). They can also use Up/Down and PgUp/PgDown to scroll up and down. What ...
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Searching through C++ STL man pages without having to add “std::” every time

I have installed libstdc++6-4.7-doc on a machine with Ubuntu, so I could look up for things like std::pair from the command line. Is there a way to search for the same std:: entries without ...
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In what section do descriptions of C data-structures go?

I read the following answer QA about what the various sections of the man-pages represent: What do the numbers in a man page mean? Upon reading it, I wasn't sure what section is for descriptions of C ...
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Why can't I grep this command line option?

The output of man icc contains -Ldir Tells the linker to search for libraries... Doing man icc | grep "\-L" gives back the "-Ldir" line while man icc | grep "\-Ldir" does not. What am ...
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How to show Man Page from file?

I'm making a text editor, and I'm making some man pages for it. What I'd like to know is how to use man to read a file. Also, I'm pretty sure that to make bold text in a man page, making INTRODUCTION ...
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Find command associated with configuration file

Let's say I didn't know what ~/.bashrc is for. Is there a command that would tell me what the file is/does? Other than googling for an answer. The man pages have a files section, maybe there is a way ...
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How to make man(1) use the entire terminal width?

I'm on FreeBSD, using a wide xterm with, say, 132 characters per line. When running $ man man the manual page is formatted to fit an 80 character per line terminal width. Is there a way to make the ...
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How do I specify command invocation for a mandatory short or long option?

I'm writing a specification for a tool that needs a -f / --foo option with a mandatory argument BAR, so for example these are valid calls: tool -f BAR tool --foo BAR How do I specify this syntax in ...
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When to use man and man -k to check manual pages?

When should one use man and when man -k to check man pages? Whenever I'd like to check a man page I get confused with which one I should. Should I use this: man -k xyz or this: man xyz. Some man ...
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difference between gnu tar and tar package in fedora repositories

man page of tar in fedora (and also man page of tar on die.net) mentions the --acls and --xattrs and --selinux options but they are not mentioned in tar manual in GNU website Why? do this mean ...
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Why don't shell builtins have proper man pages?

All shell builtins share the same manual page: BUILTIN(1) BSD General Commands Manual BUILTIN(1) NAME builtin, ! etc. Then there is a little text describing ...
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Highlight the current search match in man pages

When I open a man page, for example man chmod and I hit / for searching a string in the page I can see all the matching strings highlighted. Pressing n or N will focus on the next/previous matching ...
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chromium add a protocol handler

A lot of years ago I was using kde/konqueror and one nice feature was the ability to open man and info pages using man:// and info:// as url protocol, I never checked but guess man/info pages were ...
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Install manpage of jdk?

I followed this link to install jdk1.7.0. But when I man javac, there is no manpage for that. (Note: Before the installation, man javac gives the manpage for gij.) $ man javac man: can't resolve ...
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How do I tell which command has the longest manual on my system?

Is there an easy way to find out which command has the longest manual pages?
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Why didn't GNU Info succeed man?

As per my knowledge/understanding both help and man came at the same time or have very little time difference between them. Then GNU Info came in and from what I have seen is much more verbose, much ...
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RHEL: man page for interface configuration files

How to get the man page for ifcfg-$Interface files? Something like man 5 $Keyword for /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-enp0s3. Is there not a man page? Is the keyword wrong? RHEL:~# cat ...
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Find contents of a man page

Can I find the contents of a man page? man bash is almost 6000 lines long, and I would like to know the section headings within the page.
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How to filter any part of description or option from manpage [closed]

I want to get output of any desired description or option from a man page. Example: I want to get the description for the autoclean option from the apt-get man page: Please suggest a command, ...
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View a man page in a specific section

I wanted to access man pages for command chmod. Command whatis chmod gave this output: chmod (2) - change permissions of a file chmod (1) - change file mode bits But I was ...
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Why some strings are quoted with double backticks and double single quotes in man pages?

For example, in the yes man page: yes outputs expletive, or, by default, ``y'' Why is "y" quoted this way?
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Find software package with greatest number of system manual pages

I want to output the name of the installed software package that owns the greatest number of system manual pages. Is there a command to do this?
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man pages: meaning of '2' in STAT(2)? [duplicate]

What's the significance of the number, like the 2 in STAT(2), seen in man pages? For example, man 2 stat yields a man page with STAT(2) at the top and a description that begins, The stat() ...
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man causes a broken pipe when using a pager other than less

I'm trying to write a simple script to format my man pages, but I've run into a broken pipe error. These lines both cause the error: env MANPAGER=cat man $foo man -P cat $foo and this is the ...
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How does Solaris find man pages?

Initially, my MANPATH environment variable is not set. Despite this, I can use the man command to view most man pages as usual. man top can't find that particular man page, but which man tells me ...
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Searching in man pages [duplicate]

Recently, I stumbled over some configuration files. To gather more information about its structure and how the its used, I either do a quick research on the internet (just ask Google) or use the man ...
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How to install/make the kernel section 9 manpages which document its functions and data structures?

The kernel sources contain functions and data structures which are documented, for instance in panic.c: /** * panic - halt the system * @fmt: The text string to print * * Display a message, ...
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Why are man pages blank for non-root users?

. . . And how can I fix that? :-) I'm running RHEL 5 and when I try to view man pages as a regular user, they are blank. I've tried man man > manman.txt; cat manman.txt and there is no output, ...
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Submit an updated manpage

I found missing information in the manpage for scp when using IP6: there is no hint that you have to use slash masked brackets around the IP when using scp -6: scp -6 ...
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Is there a man section or other doc repository for data structure definitions?

For the millionth time or so I had to look in /usr/include/foo.h to find the members of a struct foo or foo_t or whatever. There's a man section for library and kernel calls, some of which include ...
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Does info also look up manpage?

Besides man, info can also provide information of a command. For the commands I have tried, I find that info provides the same information as man. So I wonder if info always look up manpages? What ...
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Create a manpage adressing several executable

I am packaging an application with a bunch of executable accepting roughly the same arguments. I would like to write (and provide) only one manpage with common explanations and the list of arguments. ...
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What does “spanning files” mean in the help of Manpage?

I open a manpage of some command, and then hit h. In the help, for the search part, what does "spanning files" mean? What are "files" refereed to? I search a pattern, and hit n to repeat the ...
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man command: is there a way to know the meaning of the output of a command >

Is there a way to know the meaning of the output of a command? Example given: If I type ls -l, I get this ouput: [root@localhost junk]# ls -l total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1862 2012-08-25 16:20 a ...
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Is there a standard for writing a command synopsis?

It appears to me that everyone has their own idea on how to write a synopsis describing command usage for the end user. For example, this is the format from man grep: grep [OPTIONS] PATTERN ...
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[Solved]man crashes on OS X after upgrading bash and its manpages

Bash on OS X is always so old that I finally decided to compile a never(4.3.18) one and simply override and replace the old one. Here are the configure flags I used: ./configure --prefix=/ ...
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How to match a particular form of optional sequence from a manual synopsis, including variations?

In this Q&A there is a reference to the manpages synopses being based "loosely" on the Extended Backus–Naur Form of metasyntax notation. It's interesting and serves as background. That being said, ...
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Search for man pages which contain ALL of the words 'foo' 'bar' and 'baz'

I'd like to search for man pages which contain ALL of the words 'foo', 'bar' and 'baz'. If possible, I'd like to search through all text (not just name & description) of all man pages. I'm ...
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How do you correctly extract all command synopses from manpages in /usr/share/man/man1?

I'm trying to extract all command synopses from manpages in /usr/share/man/man1 using: #!/usr/bin/env bash ## synopses - extract all synopses in /usr/share/man/man1 cd /usr/share/man/man1 for i in ...
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How to divide the output of one command by the output of another?

I would like to know the server load divided by the amount of CPU cores in order to judge which servers are overloaded. I can get the amount of CPU cores with: $ grep -c processor /proc/cpuinfo 2 I ...
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Where is the documentation for net.ipv4.conf.all.log_martians?

Where is the documentation for net.ipv4.conf.all.log_martians sysctl setting? There are man pages for various other TCP/IP/UDP (man 7 tcp, man 7 upd, man 7 ip) settings, but I cant find the ...