How do I read various manuals, guides and howtos, which are usually in the form of deb packages with names ending in
-doc and installed in
First you need to install doc-base package, which registers all documentation that is not man pages or info files. Then you use one of the following packages - dwww, dhelp, doc-central, yelp, or khelpcenter4 - to view it.
To see doc in html form (of the packages that provide it), you can install
apache2 on debian, and by default has an alias to
/usr/share/doc, accessible only from
localhost. So, install apache2 and then go to
Or you can use a text-based browser like
links directly on the command line:
There is LOTS of documentation already on your GNU/Linux system, although except for man pages, some of it is fairly unfriendly.
I went looking for a browser for this stuff and am excited to finally have this documentation more easily at hand.
Here are notes from two document browsers I've tried out:
doc-central run as a web page. I didn't try out
dhelp as it doesn't appear to be in my repository.
dwww seems to be much more advanced than
doc-central, which now appears quite old.
man -k dwww shows you that it's actually quite complex, even including a cache, and cron jobs.
You may need to reconfigure your web server a bit as I had to to get these to work.
Also if you do try it out
doc-central, the man page is at
man doccentral, not
doc-central, which is kind of annoying.
Here are some screen shots: