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Tricks and tips for finding information in man pages [closed]

Does anyone have any tricks and tips for finding information in man pages?
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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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Colored man pages not working on gentoo

I have a problem using these methods to get colors in my man pages in gentoo. I've asked already in the gentoo forums but it still doesn't work, and the comments in a bug report (Bug 184604) don't ...
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Arrow keys in `less`

In the manpage of less the up- and down-arrow keys aren't mentioned in the context of normal navigation, yet on Debian Linux (8.2) they obviously work to scroll up and down. Why is this? A lesskey ...
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What uses the TERM variable?

According to this document: The environment variable TERM contains a identifier for the text window’s capabilities. You can get a detailed list of these cababilities by using the ‘infocmp’ ...
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How to highlight some text on a man page? [duplicate]

I find the manuals very difficult to read using the terminal. Is there a way to highlight specific text on the terminal? I tried piping to gedit using man man | gedit, but it opens a blank file ...
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Less command change color of “~” and “(END)”?

How do I change the color of the "~" characters that go along the edge of a Less command output. And how to change the color "(END)" at the bottom?
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How to use terminfo to set colors for man and less?

I saw this question where the answerer uses termcap to define colors for less which then could be used for how man could be displayed. It said while termcap is obsolete, it's easier while terminfo is ...
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How to get colours on man pages with w3m as a PAGER?

Is it possible, and if so how, to have colour/bold/italic characters in man pages while using w3m? Another pager (most) does have some limited colour support but is not as versatile as w3m. I know ...
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Terminal emulator for Debian Xfce that will accept $TERM=linux, just like login console tty uses?

I recently discovered that if I log in to my Debian system without lightDM, just using the commandline prompt, and then instead of typing "startx" straight away actually use the commandline, the ...
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How to substitute one color code for another in terminal?

Can I make bash automatically substitute one color code for another? For example, whenever a program outputs text wrapped in color code for bold foreground, I would like bash to actually use code for ...