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Displaying the Online Documentation

The man program provides an interface to the online documentation, it is available as a text only version and an X-Windows version called xman. To find out more about a command, we can just type man followed by the command's name:

$ man man

man(1)                                                     man(1)

       man - format and display the on-line manual pages
       manpath - determine user's search path for man pages


To get information without knowing the command, we can use the keyword option:

$ man -k manual
man (1)              - Format and display the on-line manual pages
whereis (1)          - Locate binary, manual, and or source for program 
xman (1)             - Manual page display program for the X Window System 

This gives us a list of applicable manual pages.

Mark O. Stitson
Wed Sep 25 10:45:32 BST 1996