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How can I track changes in man pages?

I want to know about changes of man pages after updating software or a operating system completely. Or get a list of revisions for a specified man page. This will not reread the full man page again ...
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Have man pages display how far I am through the file

With less, the -m flag extends the prompt to include a percentage. But how do I get man to do the same thing?
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Why the duplications in the command line output

Entering the following command prints duplicates as shown below. Not all lines print twice but some do. What gives? XXXX:~ XXXX$ man -k pid pid(ntcl) - Retrieve process identifiers ...
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Where is “showing the output of the 'ls' command vertically” documented?

I found out it's possible to show the output of the ls command vertically using the -1 switch: $ ls -1 But couldn't find it in the manual of ls. Is it a secret option?
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Man page with preserved text decorations, proportional text and fixed-width code

How can I get contents of a man page without the text being wrapped around column 80 or so? I'd prefer the output to have proper formatting, line bolding, underscores, fixed-width font for examples ...
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When does one get the error message “jobs : not found”?

When does the jobs command issue the message jobs : not found? Also, why does the command man jobs refuse to show any entry for the command jobs? P.S. : I am able to successfully execute the jobs ...
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How to download all man pages for read offline?

I like read man pages offline instead of search manual on the web. I saw some commands does't have man pages on the machine but exist on internet. For exampe there is no man pace of the xrdb command ...
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How to copy multi-page text from the terminal into the clipboard?

I was viewing a man page for a software on my machine and I needed to copy-paste some of that text but the text was much more than one page. I'm aware I can direct the output to a file and use UI ...
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How to highlight some text on a man page? [duplicate]

I find the manuals very difficult to read using the terminal. Is there a way to highlight specific text on the terminal? I tried piping to gedit using man man | gedit, but it opens a blank file ...
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Better help for bash?

I needed to know syntax for for loop in bash in a certain range of numbers. I typed help for but it didn't have this information. Then I learnt from some online article that the syntax is for i in ...
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Documentation on LESS_TERMCAP_* variables?

I see these pretty colors in manpages viewed with less when setting a bunch of these variables. What do they mean, where is the documentation? Is this interpreted by less or termcap? screenshot
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Generate man page in realtime?

I'm working on a command line scripting framework. We would like to generate man pages for our commands. However they are quite dynamic depending on your installation. So ideally we could intercept ...
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Where is the description of man sections' contents?

I have read in many places that section 1 is about User Commands , section 2 about kernel API , section 3 about C library ...so on and so forth. My question is this: How do you get to the short ...
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texinfo: Can I write non-english info files? Such as Chinese, and how?

Most gnu manual files use info, write a texinfo then makeinfo produces info files, it's great. Can texinfo contain non-English characters then produce non-English infos or pdfs? How can I write ...
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Any way to cat few lines of man page to show on stdout for reference?

This is a simple question. Trying my best to put it in simple word. Hope you get it without much confusion - I read a man page for some command-switch/option which has a long description. I read it, ...
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Case insensitive search in man pages

Is there a way to search man pages case-insensitively? Using the '/' search feature matches exact case.
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Open man page and search for string in a single command

Instead of doing man chmod and then /a+x to jump to the first section in the chmod man page that mentions a+x, I would like to know if there is a way to open the man page to a specific search string, ...
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How come Debian has no time(1) manpage?

Searching for manpage for time command does not yield any result (search form). As a sidenote, it appears to be a BASH built-in command since dpkg --search bin/time cannot find it. Perhaps such ...
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Is there any manual about C in Linux? If any, what is it?

While I find that we can read some manuals about Library calls (C library functions) & acsii in Linux. But I still do not find any manual about C precedence order so far. So you can recommend ...
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Properly inserting code samples in man pages

I'm trying to write a man page for a software, and would like to include some code snippets. I'm currently using the .RS and .RE macros as part of a custom-made .SAMPLE macro, but for some reason that ...
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Reading and searching long man pages

I finally got fed up when wanting to read about bash's read and it's -s option with man bash. I found the right spot eventually (around line 4500), but it was a frustrating as usual, since both /read ...
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What does the commands sudo, apt-get, install, and fakeroot stand for? [closed]

I am a newbie to Linux and I am trying to build a custom kernel on ubuntu and I saw this document and it said I needed to install the packages https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Kernel/Compile To ...
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find all commands with wh, find by part of keyword in man page

I want to find all man pages for commands that begin with wh. But I do not understand why the following keyword does not work. man -f "wh" Also if I put man chmod in man page of chmod, it ...
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What are the numbers after program names in Linux/GNU documentation? [duplicate]

I see numbers in parentheses after program names and it confuses me. For example, perldoc mentions that perl grep is "similar in spirit to, but not the same as, grep(1) and its relatives." What does ...
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Does `kill -p` really work?

In the man page of kill it is written as following SYNOPSIS kill [ -s signal | -p ] [ -a ] [ -- ] pid ... kill -l [ signal ] -p Specify that kill should only print the process id ...
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Where is said how do you get the NUMLOCK key to default to on for the GUI console?

This is on a fedora machine. I have to look in man pages first to find the answer, if not then in an info page. If the answer is not there then I have to use the internet to find the answer. It is on ...
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Where should I install manual pages in user directory?

I'm trying to create a Makefile for a small Perl utility I wrote, And I'm struggling to find out a way to find where to install my man page when make is run as a non-root user. I'm currently parsing ...
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Nmap -sn: scan or no scan?

The nmap man page has this to say about the -sn parameter: -sn (No port scan) . This option tells Nmap not to do a port scan after host discovery, and only print out the available hosts that ...
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what do I need to do with “man: can't set the locale; make sure $LC_* and $LANG are correct”

I typed man sudoers but got man: can't set the locale; make sure $LC_* and $LANG are correct No manual entry for sudoers What does this mean?
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command --help vs man command [duplicate]

What is the difference between invoking the help using a --help key compared to invoking a "man command"? When should I choose one over another.
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Man folders and MANPATH

This thread What do the numbers in a man page mean? answers the question of the significance of the numbers between parentheses within a man page. My question is related. I have a local installation ...
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Debian - install missing man pages?

I run RaspBMC - a distro based on Raspbian, that's a custom minimal Debian for the Raspberry Pi. If I recall correctly, the man utility is NOT installed by default with RaspBMC (although I may be ...
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Man displaying groff control characters

Man is displaying groff control characters after I compiled a later version of groff. For example, when I try to view groff's man page: GROFF(1) General Commands Manual ...
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man path and 'man foo' vs. 'man -k foo'

I have a set of man pages in a non-standard location; however, the location is on my MANPATH (and I verified this with man --path). When I do man fst-infl (where fst-infl has a man page in this ...
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Auto continuous scrolling of man output

When I execute man foo the terminal shows only the first page and then pauses. Then I have to manually press the keys to scroll here and there. After executing man foo how do I get an output which is ...
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What is GNU Info for?

I understand what GNU Info is and how to use it, but what is it for? Why does it exist in parallel to the man pages? Why not write detailed man pages rather than provide a separate utility?
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Install man pages in directory with update-alternatives

Using update-alternatives(8) on a Debian system it is possible to add man pages as slaves under some master alternative. For example, the following command installs an alternative man page tclsh.1 ...
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Why do Unix man pages use double backticks in place of double quotes?

I've noticed that man pages and other documents formatted by Unix utilities often use double backticks `` followed by double single quotes '' to wrap quoted phrases instead of the double quote ...
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How do I know which library and man page will be found first?

With binaries, I can always do which foo to know which binary I am invoking with $ foo, but what about man pages? Is there a way to know the path of the man page will be loaded by default? Similarly, ...
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convert man output to ebook format

I can convert man output to PDF. First, man -t grep >grep.ps (grep is just an example; I am not looking for mobile version of grep man page). Then Adobe Distiller converts PostScript to PDF. ...
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Ctrl-s hang terminal emulator?

I came across a sentence in vimdoc: Note: CTRL-S does not work on all terminals and might block further input, use CTRL-Q to get going again. and this key indeed hangs my vim. I was ...
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How should man pages be installed?

When distributing a custom utility I'll typically write a makefile that installs binaries to /usr/local by default PREFIX ?= /usr/local MANPREFIX ?= ${PREFIX}/man install: install utility ...
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head command options and reading man files

I have two environments: Mac and Linux. I wonder about the head command: it can show just 2 lines of text if I invoke it like so: vim --version | head -2 I saw this online and ran to the man page ...
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How do I make the 'man' utility as comprehensive as ss64.com?

The 'man' utility that comes with a Debian distro is not as comprehensive as ss64.com, and in environment like cygwin, it is even more so. Is there a software or a script that will make my 'man' more ...
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Using symbolic links and git to manage build versions

In general I follow the following workflow when I build any program (e.g. emacs, tmux, etc.) /home/opt/[name of the program]/builds/[version]/ bin lib share For example for a program like tmux I ...
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What does the number mean in a man page? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? If I typeman ls, I seeLS(1) in the top left and top right corners of the manpage. I also see programs on the internet being ...
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Why does “User Contributed Perl Documentation” show up when I look for 'man' pages

When I man -f <some string> in addition to the expected Unix man pages, I get a bunch of odd looking entries that all have the header "User Contributed Perl Documentation". For example man ...
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How do the various configuration files determine MANPATH on Darwin?

On Darwin (12.2.0, OS X 10.8.2, bash 3.2.48(1)) my MANPATH appears to be determined by my PATH rather than by the various configuration files associated with man and the man path, /etc/manpaths, ...
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How is the path to search for 'man' pages set?

I'm puzzled by how the path used for finding man pages is set. The "right thing" seems to happen magically. For example, if change my PATH from ...
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How do you output an info page to pdf?

If man -t ls | ps2pdf - > ls.pdf is useful for outputting the ls man page via ps2pdf to pdf, what about info pages? I've tried something like the following but with no success: info -o info | ...