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Man page quotation characters [duplicate]

I've just been looking through a few man pages for a few different commands including grep and ifconfig. I've noticed over a few pages, the content uses a strange syntax to notate what i think are ...
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What are the 'n', 'l', '3pm' sections of the manual for?

An excerpt from the man man page: The default action is to search in all of the available sections following a pre-defined order ("1 n l 8 3 2 3posix 3pm 3perl 5 4 9 6 7" by default) What are ...
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How to perform grep on 'man unix_command'?

Often while going through the output of man man awk I Need to perform grep, for e.g. in man awk, I need to find the definition of a particular flag, variable etc. Can anyone tell me, what would be ...
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Where are the details of 'Pathname Expansion' and 'Brace Expansion' in man page? [closed]

I was trying to go through a man page with a calm mind for the first time, and I hit a frustration already 2 minutes down the road. $ man set nocaseglob If set, bash matches ...
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universal help/man command: help builtin partial matches

I found a nice little script which iterates through a couple of manuals for a specific command. As a last resort, it will Google it and open a browser window. Source here: ...
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Unwanted ctrl+h in file saved from man's output

After man less (and optionally hit h for "Summary of less commands"), since man uses less to display the text, I hit s to save the text to a file. When I open the file in emacs or vi, there are ...
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How to search the whole manual pages on Linux?

Sometimes I need to look up certain words through all the manual pages. I am aware of apropos, but if I understand its manual right, it restricts search to the descriptions only. Each manual page ...
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Is there a Linux graphics program that displays man commands in a browser?

Is there a Linux graphics program that displays man commands in a browser? I need a program that allows me to display all man commands in a browser, or in some graphics program, so that they can be ...
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What are unimplemented system calls?

I was revising Linux system calls. I found that a few calls are unimplemented system calls. For example: afs_syscall. I don't understand why they are included in man pages if they are not yet ...
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Is there a pdf or text file for manpages of all commands/utilities? [closed]

Is there a single pdf or text file for manpages of all commands/utilities? I would like to add my comment to manpages which can be stored in my personal directory. Depending on availability, this ...
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How do I use man pages to learn how to use commands?

While researching another problem, I came across a command, locate something | xargs -I {} bash -c "if [ -d "{}" ]; then echo {}; fi" that I wanted to learn more about. So I ran man xargs and get ...
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Usage of ellipse in synopsis of command line argument

From http://pubs.opengroup.org/stage7tc1/basedefs/V1_chap12.html Ellipses ( "..." ) are used to denote that one or more occurrences of an operand are allowed. When an option or an operand ...
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Install man on FreeBSD 10.1 based pfsense 2.2

I'm running a pfsense 2.2 router. While not required most of the time, sometimes using the console is the way to go. Unfortunately pfsense doesn't come with /usr/bin/man I was able to run pkg pkg ...
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using man command for a system call close [duplicate]

So if we have an executable program called close on linux, and theres also a system call close. How can i generate a command that makes sure i get the manual for the system call "close" rather than ...
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What is a Kernel Routine ?

In another answer I met a short overview of the sections of the man pages: commands for $-User system call, that means evoking a function from the Kernel library call, that means evoking a function ...
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Showing all pages at once with man command [duplicate]

Say if I run the command man who, I have to keep pressing space or enter to show all content. Is there a way to show all of the content at once?
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Convention/standard on using curly braces around options

Man page for tar in arch linux SYNOPSIS section starts with: tar {A|c|d|r|t|u|x}[GnSkUWOmpsMBiajJzZhPlRvwo] [ARG...] I perfectly understand that in this situation it means that exactly one of them ...
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Get information on tools/packages that are not installed [closed]

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 ...