What do the numbers in a man page mean?
As in the "(1)" in git-svn(1)
Manpages are arranged into sections:
(These have changed around a bit over the years, and on some systems you may in particular notice sections 4 and 5 swapped.) There may also be subsections, especially on System V-derived systems (
Some systems also have sections like
l (local) and
n (new). Tcl/Tk manpages in particular like to install in section
n, since many of them conflict with standard commands and functions.