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Unix Man Pages
Getting On-line Help in/on Unix
- Getting on-line help in Unix can be very frustrating.
- The Unix man command is used to get on-line help and
documentation. Sure, it should be called help, but it has
always been called man (short for "manual") and knowing
this little secret is a first step toward entering the Guild.
- Not only does it provide on-line information on Unix commands,
it also provides information on C functions (e.g., printf) in the
standard libraries (e.g., stdio).
- There are two main forms to using man:
- getting information on the command or function named X
- finding out which commands or functions are associated with
- There is more to the man command -- do a "man man" if you're curious.
Information on command/function X
Simply executing "man name " does the trick:
% man pine
% man printf
% man man
Information on command/function with keyword X
Use the -k flag to give a keyword, as in "man -k keyword "
% man -k email
% man -k mail
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Tuesday, 22-Aug-2006 07:14:16 EDT