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Questions tagged [documentation]

Manuals or other information for system users detailing software features and functionality.

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What does grep -w do?

In here grep is used with the option -w. I did man grep and grep --help to try to find what the aforementioned option does. Neither output says anything about a -w option. What does that option do? ...
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What packages the man pages for GCC on Debian 10 Buster / Testing?

I just installed build-essential, which installed gcc-8 but the man pages seem to be unavailable. $ man gcc No manual entry for gcc See 'man 7 undocumented' for help when manual pages are not ...
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Examples of common programs

Is there a some man-like program (or site/book) that can show me simple examples of common tools usage? So i can type in terminal show-example grep and it will output ... For matching multiple ...
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What are the defined paths for systemctl to find new services [duplicate]

I've been working with services but have had trouble searching the docs. A co-worker explained me that I should create my service file under /lib/systemd/system/example.service, then enable it with # ...
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Using Heredoc in a Makefile. Is it Possible?

I'm using Makefile such that the default step is to print out a help document for the other options. It would be great if I could add an EOF section instead of multiple echos. Is it possible to use ...
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What's the default value of the admin_reserve_kbytes kernel parameter?

Many of the kernel parameters have default values assigned. But some of them aren't really clear. I'm reading the proc manual and in the case of admin_reserve_kbytes we can read the following: The ...
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How to convert xqx files into actual text using a command like xqxdecode?

Let's say I have an XQX file (A printer stream file) that I got from LibreOffice Writer, how can I extract the text from that that file using xqxdecode? After reading the documentation for the ...
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Is grep documentation about ignoring case wrong, since it doesn't ignore case in filenames?

The man page for grep reads -i, --ignore-case Ignore case distinctions in both the PATTERN and the input files.  (-i is specified by POSIX.) However, if I change case on a filename, it won't ...
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Getting help on Bash's reserved words

Is there a way to get the information in this link (it's an index with all (?) the keywords) a and within the first level links in the command line with something like man or help?
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Accessing function documentation

Is there a way to access docstrings in Bash? How does one include a docstring in a function's definition in Bash? More specifically how do I add and access docstrings to the following function? ...
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Where to look for data type definitions?

Is there any reference material like man pages that informs on C datatypes? I thought this would give me something, but not: $ man size_t No manual entry for size_t $ man -k size_t size_t: nothing ...
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Where to find more infos about Xwayland command line options?

My gnome-session starts a Xwayland instance which I can find $> pgrep -a Xwayland 995 /usr/bin/Xwayland :0 -rootless -terminate -accessx -core -listen 4 -listen 5 -displayfd 6 which shows that ...
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Auto Refresh qpdfview

I am writing documents in latex that I compile to produce a pdf file opened with qpdfview (with the --unique option). Once compiled after a modification on the tex .document, I would like qpdfview to ...
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Why does the help for some applications open in Seamonkey composer?

I am running Linux in the form of openSuse Leap 15.0 with KDE Plasma 5.12.6 and have applied patches regularly. If I run some applications, for example Gimp (2.8.22), and ask for help, it starts ...
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Where is the official documentation (Debian package iproute-doc)?

Manpage of ss says: FILTER := [ state TCP-STATE ] [ EXPRESSION ] Please take a look at the official documentation (Debian package iproute-doc) for details regarding filters. What does that ...
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Is there any documentation for udev builtins?

The man page for udev mentions in several places that certain rules options can be used to invoke 'builtin' commands, which are apparently built in to the udev program itself. However, I haven't been ...
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What exactly does `ps -p PID` do that `ps -q PID` does not?

According to man ps: -p pidlist Select by PID. This selects the processes whose process ID numbers appear in pidlist. Identical to p and --pid. -q pidlist ...
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The standard mechanism to switch GPUs isn't undocumented, is it?

My laptop is a normal, uninteresting machine with two standard, unmultiplexed GPUs and an ordinary Debian stretch installation. The secondary GPU (a Radeon) is usually powered down but I can activate ...
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How can I view a cheatsheet/summary of a syntax construct of zsh in zsh itself? [closed]

I want something like the doc function in Clojure; I want to type cheat for and be shown some example usages of for in zsh. I don't mind installing an app for this, and I hope something like this has ...
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What does C@t{++} mean in the gdb man page?

I was reading the manpage for gdb and I came across the line: You can use GDB to debug programs written in C, C@t{++}, Fortran and Modula-2. The C@t{++} looks like a regex but I can't seem to decode ...
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'find' -perm example in doc

I was reading the official documentation of find online here. And I came across the following part (and I'm bolding the bolded part): ‘-perm -444 -perm /222 ! -perm /111’ Match files that are ...
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Reading Linux kernel documentation in terminal

Is there a way to read Linux Kernel documentation offline in the terminal? For exmple, I am reading this document online: https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/cgroup-v1/cgroups.txt If I use Linux ...
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How to know if man pages are written in my language?

I know my language hindi is in my locale. I have tried to access the hindi man page using this command- man -Lhi man But it returns english man pages. So I want to find out how to know if man pages ...
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Some documentation for the “ext4-rsv-conver” process?

$ pgrep -a -f ext4-rsv-conver 153 ext4-rsv-conver 161 ext4-rsv-conver 7451 ext4-rsv-conver $ dpkg -S ext4-rsv-conver dpkg-query: no path found matching pattern *ext4-rsv-conver* Also I can't find ...
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Documentation about tmux TPM plugins

I'm wanting to build a TPM based plugin but the example provided is extremely minimal, doesn't explain how to do things (like creating commmands that can be used in the tmux status bar, or how to have ...
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Where is the “group-separator” option listed in the grep documentation?

My flavor of grep supports --group-separator and --no-group-separator but I only discovered this by googling how to solve a problem: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/2168065/how-do-i-get-rid-of-...
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Finding a man page with a standard C or POSIX type? [duplicate]

Is there a way to find a man page given a Standard-C-type or POSIX-type? Such as man size_t or man uintptr_t. This kind of thing can get confusing because uintptr_t is defined in stdint.h, and size_t ...
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What Debian/Ubuntu package has the documentation for the standard C headers?

On the back of this question, but Debian/Ubuntu specific that has C-standard library headers like (taken from Wikipedia) assert.h , complex.h , ctype.h , errno.h , fenv.h , float.h , inttypes.h , ...
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Looking up docs for C header files? [duplicate]

On Ubuntu if I type man 2 time I get, NAME time - get time in seconds SYNOPSIS #include <time.h> time_t time(time_t *tloc); ... I get that this works because time is the ...
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Is this considered an argument? [duplicate]

Some binaries in Unix-Linux systems like ping or mount have a long argument. For example if we write ping -h in the terminal, one of the options is: Usage: ping [-aAbBdDfhLnOqrRUvV64] Is this long ...
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Incomplete documentation for FreeBSD ipfw

When I see the official documentation of ipfw or the man pages it seems that it is sometimes incomplete. Specifically, there are a lot of options like, firewall_myservices firewall_allowservices ...
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Is there C language documentation on Linux? [duplicate]

Is there a package on Debian or some other Linux media that provides documentation for the C language? I mean in particular man pages. Eg. so that I can check docs for typedef or other basics (and ...
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Kernel man pages, make: *** No rule to make target 'installmandocs'

As a follow up to this question, How to make the kernel section 9 manpages which document functions, data structures, and headers?. I downloaded the kernel source code and in the source dir execute ...
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Where is official documentation about locking mechanisms for etckeeper, apt, and/or dpkg?

Context: Want to put a lock on etckeeper/apt hook activity during special backup. Objective is to preserve whole package integrity, e.g., wait until any package installation is complete, and then ...
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LibreOffice placeholder fields documentation

I have to modify a LibreOffice template with a number of conditional statements. I managed to figure out one can add such statements through Insert > Fields > More fields, tab Functions, type ...
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Is there documentation for /proc/net/netstat and /proc/net/snmp?

There is a long list of stats in /proc/net/netstat and /proc/net/snmp, both of which I think come from the net-tools project. Is there any official or unofficial documentation about these fields? Or ...
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The difference between Documentation Methods

I am confused about a three Documentation techniques used, I have The following questions concerning man , pinfo , /usr/share/doc Does the man command Display the same content like pinfo and just ...
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Where does bash's 'help' builtin source its documentation? [duplicate]

On MacOS, the default bash on the OS is 3.2. If I run help trap it says that if the signal_spec is DEBUG, that the command is run after each command, but the bash manpage says it is run before each ...
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Using ls command with symbolic links

I currently do not understand what is going on when I try to find the contents of or information for a symbolic link to a directory when using the ls command. I understand there is an option -H for ...
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How to access man pages as structured content

I'm building a resource that references man pages, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to access man pages as structured data? My current approach is to do a lot if REGEXing, but this is ...
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Why there are no READMEs in the Linux filesystem hierarchy?

The Linux filesystem hierarchy (FHS) contains a lot of important directories. For example, I just discovered /sys/class/input while playing with my PS/2 keyboard settings. But all those important ...
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What is an up-to-date equivalent of LARTC How-To?

The Linux Advanced Routing and Traffic Control How-To was a guide on configuring things like the quality of service modules, iptables, multicasting and IPv6. Since work stopped on it, Linux has ...
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cp behaves weirdly when . (dot) or .. (dot dot) are the source directory

This answer reveals that one can copy all files - including hidden ones - from directory src into directory dest like so: mkdir dest cp -r src/. dest There is no explanation in the answer or its ...
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Where to obtain the uidgid file

I was reading /etc/bashrc and saw the following: # By default, we want umask to get set. This sets it for non-login shell. # Current threshold for system reserved uid/gids is 200 # You could check ...
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Why does the fs.inode-max kernel tunable not exist on version 2.6 of the Linux kernel?

The following output (from a Vagrant VM running CentOS 6.6) mostly speaks for itself: [root@localhost ~]# echo 131072 > /proc/sys/fs/inode-max -bash: /proc/sys/fs/inode-max: No such file or ...
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Is there any offline manuals for special characters used in terminal?

We can find help regarding most commands like echo ,cp, mv, wget using man . But can I find manuals for special characters used for operations like piping(| symbol)? If there's none, is there any ...
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Is there some manual for commands provided by Debian?

By man which, I found that which is a shell script provided by Debian. Does Debian put the usages of all the provided commands in some documents? similar to the manual of coreutils? I checked https:/...
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KDevelop 5.x documentation for Find-Replace in Files

I'm trying to search and replace in files using regular expressions by using the "Find-Replace In Files" dialog of KDevelop 5.x. Where can I find the documentation for this? The user interface for ...
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How to find out which kernel module supports particular hardware

One of my customer asked me question about providing them driver for RAID controller card in the server. It seems that server vendor only provides firmware for the controller but no driver. Also ...
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lshw tool and returned options and their meanings

The tool lshw reports information about all connected hardware. Some reported options and features are simple enough to understand, while others are not. The documentation page found here and the ...