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How to install man pages in CentOS 6.x minimal for all previously installed packages?

I ran into an issue to where man pages were missing from a CentOS 6.x minimal system (this is normal). I installed the man subsystem and then noticed the man pages were still missing for select ...
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Use terminal-based documentation effectively (no web browser) [closed]

The problem I was trying to find shell scripting information without an Internet connection, i.e. via man page. Specifically, I was looking how to pass and use parameters. man bash does not contain ...
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Building man-db on android L

After finding that the version of man in Busybox Stericson doesn't print man pages at all on my Nexus 4, I decided to build man-db for android myself. So far, I've done: cd man-db-2.6.7.1 export ...
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`man` pages for languages other than C (e.g, python, R, javascript, etc)?

man pages are a phenomenal resource while programming in C on Linux. While looking at someone else's code, if you see something foreign you can immediate research it in another terminal with $ man 3 ...
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Full list of tput options

I wanted to hide the cursor, and I was aware of tput command. I did search its man page. On searching the Internet, I found $ tput civis # to hide the cursor $ tput cnorm # to bring back the cursor ...
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what is the significance of the “7” in “man 7 regex”? [duplicate]

When I type man regex into a shell, this loads REGEX(3) Linux Programmer's Manual REGEX(3) ...
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Implicit declaration of strlcpy and strlcat even with “string.h” included

Gcc throws an error when I try to call the functions strlcpy or strlcat in a C file: error : implicit declaration of strlcpy error : implicit declaration of strlcat In what library can I find those ...
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Manpage typography and proper dashes

Should manpages avoid using unicode characters like the m-dash (—)? I've noticed most manpages use hyphens/minuses in their taglines where, I believe, an actual dash would have been more correct ...
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How to open grep(1p) manpage?

At the end of man grep, it says SEE ALSO\ POSIX Programmer's Manual Page grep(1p). I am not able to open the manpage grep(1p). How do I do that? Search net, Unix.SE and did trial and ...
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Where is the latest source code of man command for linux?

I'm looking for the latest source code of man command, the version in my Linux is pretty old(v1.6f), but I failed after googling a while. I mean the latest source code of man, not man-pages but the ...
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How to grep man pages for a word? [duplicate]

Recently I wanted to get info of struct timespec a field of lstat structure, but I couldn't get any. I tried $ man timespec $ man -k timespec timespec: nothing appropriate. After some time I went ...
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Is the mdoc macro set available on non-BSD systems by default?

Are the MDoc macros, commonly used to create BSD manpages, commonly available on non-BSD systems (such as Ubuntu and other GNU Linux distros)? Is it safe to design manpages using them when writing ...
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Simulating vim's scrolloff in manpages

The issue I have could be illustrated best with example: I know curl lets me do POST requests but I don't remember how. So I open man curl, and begin to search for POST. The problem is that every ...
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How to automate cryptsetup-luksAddKey with passphrase?

Context: I replaced my passphrase prompted at launch by a keyfile, stored on a USB dongle. My question concerns the step: # cryptsetup luksAddKey /path/to/mykeyfile . I generated my added key is ...
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What is the recommended resource to refer to for syntax, usage and information about commands for an application?

What is the recommended resource to refer to for syntax, usage and information about commands for an application? I am currently trying to decide between command help (assuming that command has a help)...
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Print man pages with fixed width

With the example command man apropos > outputfile a text file is generated which contains the formatted man page of apropos (with some little differences with respect to man apropos directly ...
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Jump to specific flag in help/man file

Let's say I'm curious about what a specific flag -T means for a command ls? Is there a way to jump straight to that using man ls...? or, and this is a slightly different question because it's not ...
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Man-pages don't include all relevant information

Consider the man-page of this function: sysconf It doesn't have all the information that I need (e.g. all the system variables to be queried). This is an example of what I need: http://pubs....
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Why does using rev as your man pager fail when piping it through rev again?

I recently thought about a devious trick that involves setting the PAGER envionment variable to rev as a joke. When I tried reading the man page for rev with man rev I then saw the man page in reverse ...
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apropos regex start with?

I'm trying to use apropos so that I would look for all man pages starting with system. I try: apropos ^system apropos "^system" but these seem to return lines that don't start with system, but ...
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Viewing Linux Programmer's Manual when multiple pages bear the same name

I want to view the read page of the Linux Programmer's Manual. When I type man read I get the read page of the General Commands Manual. Looking at the man --help I realized I could view all man pages ...
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How do I match the beginning of a line in a manpage?

When I do man zshbuiltins I typically want to search for a command. Suppose I'm looking for info on the alias command. I get a chunk of text like: : [ arg ... ] This command does ...
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How to read this tcpdump man page?

I am trying to use the tcpdump command in a project and I have some difficulties understanding the help page. SYNOPSIS tcpdump [ -AbdDefhgHIJKlLnNoOpPqRStuUvxX ] [ -B buffer_size ] [ -c count ] ...
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Why is the manual for 'where' command not available

I recently came across the command where, which provides the actual path of executables in Linux. I was aware of which, whereis, locate and find, but not where. I want to know when this command got ...
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How do you search ! in man sed?

You cannot search ! directly because it puts process behind. For instance, you cannot search ! in sed man. How can you search ! in man?
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Using apropos command with -a to search multiple keywords on CentOS 7

I'm running CentOS 7.0 build 1503. I'm trying to search for commands I don't know the name of by searching the man descriptions for multiple keywords using AND (e.g. search for a command containing ...
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man page search - how can I turn off the highlighting after matches found?

When using man pages, a commonly used feature is to use / then a search term to get to a word of interest. Once found, all matches remain highlighted - this can often be distracting when I just want ...
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Where is the Programmer's manpage for the open C Function?

I am using debian8 (jessie) and I went to find read the manpage for open. instead I got a warning: $ man 3 open No manual entry for open in section 3 See 'man 7 undocumented' for help when manual ...
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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: http://www.commandlinefu.com/...
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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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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 ...