man - format and display the on-line manual pages

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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 ...
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Any alternative of “man -a” on UNIX?

man -a <xyz> opens all the man pages one by one which contain xyz. On my unix servers man -a <xyz> doesn't work. Is there any alternative for this on unix? EDIT: I am on HP-UX. Following ...
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Colors in Man Pages

When I look at a man page in my 'console' (not an xterm) I see some coloration, but I don't get this in my xterm's (e.g. konsole) is there any way I can enable this? hopefully a fairly simple ...