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- What do the numbers in a man page mean? 8 answers
I'm looking at the
-f flag on man which is described as:
-f, --whatis Equivalent to whatis. Display a short description from the manual page, if available. See whatis(1) for details.
When I actually use
-f entries always have a bracket at the end and sometimes you get multiple entries.
man -f results:
man -f grep:
grep (1) - print lines matching a pattern
man -f man:
man (7) - macros to format man pages man (1) - an interface to the on-line reference manuals
man -f git:
Git (3pm) - Perl interface to the Git version control system git (1) - the stupid content tracker
I'm guessing all normal program descriptions are shown with
Can anyone explain what other lists are being searched and how to identify what different numbers mean within the parenthesis?
Note: I also noticed that for git I can get the (3pm) manual page by doing
man Git instead of
man git. It seems counter-intuitive that
man git would include the manual on
git but not
Git where as
man -f git returns info on both.