man - format and display the on-line manual pages

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How do I localize man pages for chinese?

Doing the prerequisite google search didn't turn up anything: I'm looking for a way to install and use localized chinese versions of the man pages (assuming there is some localized package somewhere). ...
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View man page of not installed package?

On Debian-based systems, can one view the man page of packages that aren't yet installed? I want to check what they are capable first, before installing them.
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attr man page missing?

How does one search for certain manpages (such as http://linux.die.net/man/5/attr)? Trying: man attr and man -K attr don't seem to work. Any ideas why?
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Archive of QNX's use messages?

Context I do not know all standard linux/unix commands, so I need manpages. I found QNX's manuals (invoked by "use [command name]") terse; I prefer them to linux manpages. I can get them from QNX ...
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Nested lists in man page

I have a command line parameter that takes a number of flags afterwards, which I would like to have as a list inside the parameter list in the man page. Currently I am simply making lines of Flag - ...
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About the command and the number in the man [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? such as: http://www.postfix.org/qmgr.8.html The qmgr(8) daemon awaits t what's the meaning of 8? just don't know it.
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Can I create a man page for a script? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I add man page entries for my own power tools? Most (if not all) Linux commands have their man pages that describe their usage options etc. Can I create similar ...
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Why “man CMD” shows nothing?

After I ran man ls, it shows: Man: find all matching manual pages * ls (1) ls (1p) Man: What manual page do you want? Man: After I entered "1", it shows nothing but "Manual page ls(1) ...
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National characters in manpages

I am trying to get a proper display of national characters with FreeBSD man. I have tried running the following on 8.1 and 9.0: # PAGER=less LANG="pl_PL.UTF-8" man -d -M. ./man.1 -- Using ...
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How do I find the relevant command for something in linux?

For example, say I'm trying to find the command that displays the routing table (like route) or to run a traceroute, but I don't actually know the commands that accomplish this. My understanding is ...
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manpages for my kindle?

I'd like to read unix manpages on my kindle. I know I can just redirect the man output to a file and give it a .txt extension. But is there a convenient way to convert them en masse to a format with ...
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On Unix how do I get the output from the diff command to look like a man page? Where I can press 'b' or 'f' to read further or back?

You know how when you use the man command to read the manual (e.g. man ls) and you get output that is paginated that you can read from top to bottom by pressing 'f' to go read further down and 'b' to ...
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Linux's man alternatives

Are there any alternatives to linux's man? I know many users used to man and for them it's useful and best way to find what they want, but i'm looking for something which is focused on examples. Is ...
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How can I use man without less?

By default, man uses less to output text. How can I tell it to just output to stdout? My terminal emulator has a scroll bar and search function and I want to use those instead of the arrow keys.
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Reading the man pages in my system with hyperlinks on a browser [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to follow links in linux man pages? I can read man pages online, but they are not necessarily the same that I have installed on my system (i.e. for the same ...
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Differences between man pages

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 ...
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Call man in bash shell for command under cursor

In zsh I can do Esc h for any command, get man page for this command, quit from the man pager and get my command back with all arguments. For example in my shell is entered: zsh# tar -czvf docs.tgz ...
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Difference between help, info and man command

I know that these command will help to get syntax and options for commands but my question is that how they differ from each other?
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'man' page is too narrow (not taking advantage of terminal size)

I'm making my first 'man' page and I'm using groff to do it. However, when I "compile" it and view it, it only takes up a certain amount of columns in my terminal. I've tried viewing other man pages ...
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How can I display file info of a man?

I know when you are in a man page it will display the file name at the bottom inside the man. How can I do the same thing manually?
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How to follow links in linux man pages?

Is there a way to follow the links mentioned in a man page? For example, here's the man page for ps; how do I access the link marked in red?
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Can I get individual man pages for the bash builtin commands? [duplicate]

Is there anywhere you can download a manpage for every builtin commands? I know you can just use help or man bash and search to find info about it, but I want them separated, so I can just do man ...
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What are the difference between man1, man2, man3… folders? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? What are the differences between manX pages? Why are they separated?
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Easy way to restore your MANPATH

I was attempting to add the man pages for my texlive distribution today when I accidentally did this: $ MANPATH=MANPATH:/usr/local/texlive/2011/texmf/doc/man $ export MANPATH ...when I meant this: ...
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Understand synopsis in manpage

I have not being able to understand the synopsis in manpage of a command. For example, let's see the manpage of man itself. By man man: SYNOPSIS man [-C file] [-d] [-D] ...
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Specify the sector of manpage

When man declare in bash, I get the manpage of declarein sql. But I would like to get the manage of declare in shell. How can I do that?
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Why do 'man' pages have many extra lines?

When I run the command: man fork There is a highlight line at the bottom that reads: Manual page fork(2) line 52/99 (END) But when I navigate to line 53 and up to 99, these are just blank ...
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How to control the page parameters (margins, brochurisation) of `man -t` PostScript output?

I want to print several man pages as several booklets. I need to tweak the output of the man -t command so the resulting PostScript file will have the brochurised page numbering, pages must be ...
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How to dump a man page?

How can I 'cat' a man page like I would 'cat' a file to get just a dump of the contents?
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How to disable styling on man pages?

Is there an easy way to turn off all styling on man pages? Colors, bold, italics, everything... If not, what is an uneasy way?
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No manual page for regex in section 3 - where is it?

I found What do the numbers in a man page mean? which explains the sections for command/library documentation quite nicely, and I was looking at the output for man regex and noticed the See Also ...
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Man pages for standard C and C++ libraries on Fedora 14

How do I install them? At present, man fopen gives me No manual entry for fopen. I have the compilers installed and have verified that things do build without problems. Update: This is what I got ...
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Is there a archive of old man pages? specifically for the features available for grep in early 'ed'

This is just a bit of history rummaging... I'd like to know how different today's grep is to the original implementation, introduced by Ken Thompson in ed. which evolved to ex, which then became vi... ...
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Dynamically reformatting man pages on terminal dimension changes

One common workflow of mine is to open a manual page in a terminal, then another terminal in which to test things. The man page is formatted to the initial dimensions of the first terminal. When I now ...
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What is the meaning of the number part of man pages? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do the numbers in a man page mean? As in the "(1)" in git-svn(1)
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What tools allow me to present man pages as formatted HTML on a web server?

What tools exist to make man pages available on a system available via HTTP and link topics together such that references in the SEE ALSO sections and elsewhere will become hyperlinks in the HTML ...
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Full text search for man pages

apropos works great for searching manual page names and descriptions. Is there a similar command for searching the entire contents of the manual pages?
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What does the name of the unix command apropos mean?

Apropos is a tool to search the headers of the man pages for a string. What does the name apropos mean?
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`man ascii` is misaligned when using vim as a pager

To use Vim as a pager for man I have export MANPAGER="/usr/share/vim/vim73/macros/manpager.sh" in my profile. Now man pages look very good with colors and stuff. However, when trying man ascii as a ...
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How can I add man page entries for my own power tools?

I have no idea about how I can make my home-grown specialist scripts (written mostly in Bash and Perl) available through the man pages. What procedure would I have to follow, and is there a ...
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Colored man pages not working on gentoo

I have a problem using these methods to get colors in my man pages in gentoo. I've asked already in the gentoo forums but it still doesn't work, and the comments in a bug report (Bug 184604) don't ...
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Why does `man -k cron` say `vixie-cron (rpm)` for some results, and how do I read those pages?

I'm trying to find out some details regarding cron and /etc/cron.d/ on a RedHat system. Ironically, my answer is viewable within the vixie-cron-*.src.rpm for this package, but the the man pages for ...
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What format does man use?

A piece of software wants to know for its configuration whether my man uses nroff or vt100 "catman" pages. How do I determine this?
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What do the numbers in a man page mean?

So, for example, when I type man ls I see LS(1). But if I type man apachectl I see APACHECTL(8) and if I type man cd I end up with cd(n). I'm wondering what the significance of the numbers in the ...
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Writing a makefile to install manual pages for a library

If I have a C library, let's say "apple", and "apple" contains functions "banana" and "carrot", how do I write the "install" line in the makefile so that "man banana" brings up the manual page for the ...
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Tricks and tips for finding information in man pages

Does anyone have any tricks and tips for finding information in man pages?
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missing man pages of some commands

Typing man alias gives me No manual entry for alias The same thing goes for export and eval. At first I thought it only happens to shell built-in commands but man echo gives me the man page. ...
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Why do some commands have man pages and other commands use --help?

Wouldn't it be more consistent if one of these always worked?
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SDK for Developer

Is there any SDK for developers under Linux? I mean more than man pages, it would be more like MSDN Library or Windows SDK under windows, where all documentation about programming and developer guide ...
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Where to search for more info if I don't have Internet?

For example, I was reading setuid man page today. It says: If the effective UID of the caller is root, the real UID and saved set-user-ID are also set. I don't know what set-user-ID is. How can ...