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man - format and display the on-line manual pages ("on-line" meaning “on the computer”, as opposed to “on paper”, not “on the Internet”)

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what is sections in man pages in linux

I am quite new to Linux and I have started learning it. There is a topi in the book about the Man pages and there are sections in man pages. I am trying to understand it but it goes over my head. When ...
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Why can I get man pages for section 1, but not for section 2 and section 3 on a google cloud VM?

I'm running Centos7 on a google cloud VM. I've installed man but can get man pages only for section 1 of the manual. Even as root, I can only get man pages for section 1. For example with the section ...
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Why man -k or Apropos cannot find some pages while man -a can?

If I use man -aw printf it will return: /usr/share/fish/man/man1/printf.1 /usr/share/man/man1/printf.1.gz /usr/share/man/man3/printf.3.gz But if I use man -k printf or man -f printf or apropos printf ...
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How can i navigate directly towards a certain section of a man page just from using the terminal? [duplicate]

I want to know what the -fix--missing argument does in the command below For example: man apt-get update -fix--missing Now if i type the command as it is above, it will be the same thing as typing ...
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How to install cgroup man pages on Fedora?

I want to install cgroup man pages on Fedora, but I can't find any package that contains it.
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No manual entry for awk

How comes running man awk gives No manual entry for awk? I frankly have never personally installed Awk on my Archlinux systems, but I've just found on the current one, the last I installed, there's no ...
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What is the useage of the “compiled magic file” named on the “file” command man documentation?

Reading the documentation about the Linux file command. I have found this in the magic test description: Any file with some invariant identifier at a small fixed offset into the file can usually be ...
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Value is required after -x (--tabs)

I try to use "man command" but terminal gives me this output "Value is required after -x (--tabs)". What is this?
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Meaning of the things written inside parenthesis(other than only 1/2/…/8) after the commands when used with man command [duplicate]

I am using bash shell. I don't know whether this information is useful or not, but still as safety measure I added it. Now when I type in the command man cd the following is shown: I got to know ...
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man show pages in another languages only partially

I've faced a problem when trying to set French for a CentOS 8 system as my main language that some man pages are still in English. For instance, man man is in French, but man cp or man find are in ...
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How can I access a man page that is masked by another man page?

I installed a locally compiled version of OpenSSL and I forgot to skip the man pages. Now I can't access the man page for the OS's passwd(1). OS: Raspberry's Debian Stretch (with GUI) OpenSSL: 1.1.1g ...
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Permission denied Issue running the ^H command from within VisiData

I am running WSL on Windows and successfully installed VisiData, which is for viewing and manipulating csv data. (I am using Debian.) It is mostly working, except for the command ^H which is meant to ...
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Is there a way to prevent line breaks in man pages?

Title says it all. I'm just trying to avoid awkward line breaks between words. I read somewhere that in {,t,g}roff using ~ in place of a space should do it, but that doesn't seem to work for man pages ...
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CSS shine up of pod2html output

Let us just agree that the output of pod2html is boooring. Is there a tool that adds some CSS/HTML5 to make it a bit less 1990s?
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Terminal isn't reset to previous state when quitting a man page or vim on XFCE [duplicate]

I use XFCE and its built-in terminal on FreeBSD. When I view a man page and then quit it - by pressing Q - the contents of the man page stay in the terminal. In a GNOME terminal that doesn't happen: ...
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Why is No manual entry for pthread_mutex_lockerror prompted?

I want to check the use of the pthread_mutex_lock function, so I execute the command man pthread_mutex_lock, the result appears No manual entry for pthread_mutex_lock. I checked the information on ...
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Linux Man Pages Folders Organization, Structure and Naming Convention [duplicate]

I have a question regarding linux man pages folder organization/structure as it appears in the output of the command below: [root@centos8 man]# pwd /usr/share/man [root@centos8 man]# ls -d ./man* ./...
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Render troff file on terminal like the man outputs on terminal

I was trying to render the troff file https://github.com/bit-team/backintime/blob/master/common/man/C/backintime-config.1 in terminal. How can I make the output (using cat or some other utility) look ...
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Make man highlight matches without jumping to the match

On reading a manpage with man, searching for a keyword /keyword or, for backwards search, ?keyword and hitting enter causes the text to be briskly repositioned at the first match. When I only want ...
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Redraw manpages with proper formatting after changing terminal font size

If I open a manual page in a maximized terminal and then increase the font size ("zoom in"), the text is still readable, but the formatting is distorted. Namely, the paragraph indentation ...
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Is there no manual page for /dev (devfs)?

I have been looking for a man page for the /dev (devfs) filesystem in order to understand the various directories and files within. Currently, I've only found a related man page for /proc (procfs). Is ...
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`man --html` and `man --gxditview` exit with errors?

Problem On my machine (Ubuntu 18.04), I am able to view man pages normally in the console. However, I cannot seem to get man --html (man -H) or man --gxditview (man -X) to work. Might anyone have any ...
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How to display a list of all `man` pages available on the system?

I learn Linux partly by reading man documentation. I often find relevant man pages using apropos or man <command>. However, I've come across many "hidden" gems, like man credentials ...
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How can I search manpages of a certain section range?

To give context, I want to do something like an this: alias posix='man ?p', so that I could later type-in posix time and display time(1p), time(3p), etc.. Is this supported by man or will I have to ...
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Linux mint man pages require sudo when pager is neovim

If I sudo man it works fine, otherwise I'm getting ~$ man ls fuse: mount failed: Permission denied Cannot mount AppImage, please check your FUSE setup. You might still be able to extract the contents ...
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Installing Read/Write locks documentation on Debian

I'm trying to write a program that uses read/write locks and would like to install the man pages for this type of lock. I already have installed the packages manpages-dev man-db glibc-doc Could you ...
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man set is not found in bash? [duplicate]

I am using bash I wanted to read the documentation of set But when i typed man set,it is showing No manual entry for set But when i code set hit="COVID19" echo $1 it prints as hit=COVID19 ...
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ANSI characters not displayed properly in terminal(konsole)

While using manual/git/possibly other applications my output is full of garbage characters(which looks like ansi characters). Example output: [1;36mDESCRIPTION[0m [1;36mman[0m is the system'...
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Examples of virtual hosts in the Apache manuals

I'm preparing my self for a Linux exam, and I keep forgetting the format of an apache virtual host. At the exam, I am allowed to use the man pages and any documentation from the server, but I'm not ...
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Does the info command display man pages?

I was looking for a way to follow "hyperlinks" in man pages, when I stumbled across the info command, which seemed to display information on commands the same as man but also allows you to tab to ...
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What does this FTP command really do? [closed]

I am currently learning UNIX and I am exploring FTP and how it works. I try to understand what this FTP command is doing: echo Start FTP ftp -nv 10.232.164.17 3147 << _EOF user ...
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Pipe a Man Page to Kate Without Writing to Hard Drive

What command will pipe a man page to Kate text-editor without writing anything to the hard drive? I've seen examples that create a temp file (on the file system) and then open that tmp file with a ...
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How to handle information overflow of man and the documentation?

I keep asking myself how to get familiar with the software (mostly a daemon) and its configuration. When running man <program name> I am very overwhelmed by the options available. How do ...
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Manual entry for history missing… `man history` [duplicate]

I'm trying to figure out what's going on with my history... but I can't find the manual history -h returns nothing man history returns a level 8 history manual, not the bash one we all use.
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Why can't I see the manual for > but can see it for [?

I just did man [ and it opened the manual. Then I tried doing man > but I get this error: -bash: syntax error near unexpected token `newline' How is > different from [?
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Where does man bring the pages from? Does it store them? How secure is it?

I'm trying to understand how man works. Unfortunately man man doesn't yield answers for the following questions: Does the page for a command get installed with it or does man bring it from a remote ...
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Locally install a man page

I'm trying to make a script to locally install in a designated folder a personnal man page. I've tried changing the manpath, but this does not work.. My only objective is to let the user use : $ ...
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How to search for end-of-line hyphenated words in less(1)

Does less (or any other lightweight pager I could use as $PAGER) has such a feature? For example, if I type man bash and then enter /incorporates it doesn't find the word, despite it being right ...
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Where can I find the official document on advanced cp command? [duplicate]

I want to copy all contents in folder A(but not include A itself) to another folder B recursively, and overwrite any existing files or folders with the same name. Originally I plan to use the ...
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A man page is available: Why the command generates: bash command not found?

Recently I was reading about techniques of encryption. I found crypt and encrypt commands. When I read man page it displays ok but when I run some examples system displayed message about bash command ...
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How do I view all of the entries in man? [duplicate]

How am I supposed to explore all of the commands available in my terminal? I'd like to be able to browse all commands/documentation that is currently documented within the man command, how do I do ...
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What's the difference between 'hier(7)' and 'file-hierarchy(7)' man pages?

Both hier(7) and file-hierarchy(7) man pages claim to describe the conventional file system hierarchy. However, there are some differences between them. For example, hier(7) describes /opt and /var/...
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Can't get manpath to work

I have a directory which contains man page files and some other files: $ ls doc cheatsheet.svg colorschemes.md config howto-publish-a-release.md ranger.1 ranger.desktop ranger.pod rifle.1 ...
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Why is `man` outputing to stdout instead of $PAGER (less)?

When I run man [program], the man page text is output on the terminal (a la cat, without a pager that provides interactivity) instead of opening the man page file in less (so you can scroll, search, ...
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How to make apropos read MANPATH

I am an unprivileged user on a system, so I have installed some software in my home directory. In addition to adding ~/.local/usr/bin to my PATH, I've added ~/.local/usr/share/man to my MANPATH so I ...
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groff registers not defined during macro

Context: Let's say I am trying to write a macro in groff in order to draw a rectangle given some arguments (like width and height for example). For this I need to perform some simple arithmetic, that ...
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Getting manual on openssl req command

I know I can get help on command by executing man openssl. Is it possible somehow get help on only openssl req command?
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Updating a Linux app (rsync) - what am I meant to do with .yo files?

OS: Linux Mint 18.3 With a view to starting to use rsync I wanted to upgrade to the latest version: Synaptic on this machine has version 3.1.1. but the latest stable version is 3.1.3. So I ...
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Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64-bit strange behavior with “info” command

I have a Linux Mint 19.2 Cinnamon 64-bit install running on ZFS root. I occasionally use the info command to look up things which I can't remember off-hand, for example, obscure details of C format ...
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How to open “Linux Programmer's Manual” on installed “POSIX Programmer's Manual”?

How can I open "Linux Programmer's Manual" after having installed "POSIX Programmer's Manual"? On Ubuntu 18.04 I usually see "Linux Programmer's Manual" by man command. But I wanted to see "POSIX ...

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