man - format and display the on-line manual pages

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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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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 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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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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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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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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Why is the infobar of the man pages displaying the line number as x/y wherein x < y when it reaches 100 %?

I just installed the program ii and opened its manual entry by typing man ii in the shell. As I scrolled down towards the end the percentage neared twoards 100 while the line number increased, yet the ...
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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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Can I force `man` to do lower case sensitive matching?

When I search man pages, the search is case sensitive, but only with regard to upper case letters. E.g., x will match x and X whereas X only matches x. This is the man-db version of man, used on ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I `man print`?

Where can I find more information about the command(?) print since I don't receive a result when I input man print? For example, in the zsh I can do the following: $ print "Hello, world\!" Hello, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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What units of time does “top” use?

If I issue the "top" command and receive results such as: PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND 00001 bob 25 0 77380 1212 1200 R 95.8 0.0 89122:13 fee ...
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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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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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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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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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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?