When I look at what I have installed via apt list --installed, why are there so many entries without manual pages?

I tried info [package name] and package name --help and get the output

bash: package name: command not found
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    Not all packages are command line utilities. – jordanm Apr 23 '19 at 21:54
  • Ok great so, what are they and or where can I find documentation regarding their purpose?\ – Adam Apr 24 '19 at 0:11
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    dpkg -L package | grep /man | xargs -L 1 basename – Mark Plotnick Apr 24 '19 at 0:23
  • Online list of binary packages with man pages in Debian stretch. – Freddy Apr 24 '19 at 6:37

People think that you are looking for manual pages, because you erroneously think that you are looking for manual pages. To see descriptions of what the packages in that list actually are, use:

  • aptitude show ${PACKAGE_NAME}
  • apt show ${PACKAGE_NAME}

Further reading


man [binary name] is the useful syntax to enter at the command line.

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    It's not the package name but the binary that comes with it provided that it has a man page. The man pages are found in /usr/share/man/man# where man# corresponds to /usr/share/man/man1, /usr/share/man/man2 and so on and so forth. – Nasir Riley Apr 24 '19 at 1:57

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