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  Using Man Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Man pages are vendor specific by necessity, as individual commands and options to them may vary from operating system to operating system.
Because man pages are tersely written they can be most helpful for looking up things such as the options to or syntax of a command.
Due to the style in which they're written, man pages are generally not a a good place to go for learning the basics of how a command works.
www.ussg.iu.edu /usail/concepts/man-pages.html   (379 words)

  
 How to Write a Man Page
The man page for man in Section 1 has information on how to use the man command, while Section 5 or 7 has a page on how to write man pages, and was the source of information for this document.
Thus, all the man pages for commands are in directories named man1, all the man pages for system calls are in directories named man2, etc. The man pages themselves have names of the form "name.X" where name is the name of the command, system call, or whatever, and "X" is usually the manual section number.
For example, you could create the subdirectories man, man/man1, and man/man3 in a project directory and put the man page for a new command in man/man1/xxx.1 and the man page for a new library function in man/man3/yyy.3.
babbage.cs.qc.edu /courses/cs701/Handouts/man_pages.html   (1267 words)

  
 Using Man Pages in the Solaris OS
Man pages (short for manual pages) are the official collection of quick reference sheets for the UNIX platform.
The Intro(1) man page provides information on man page command syntax for users, guidelines for developers who are designing new man pages, and an explanation of the subdivisions within Section 1.
Man pages are provided for all software that is bundled with the operating system.
developers.sun.com /solaris/articles/man_pages.html?feed=DSC   (1292 words)

  
 Linux: man
Traditionally the cat pages are stored under the same hierarchy as the man pages, but for reasons such as those specified in the File Hierar- chy Standard (FHS), it may be better to store them elsewhere.
If you find that the manual pages and message catalogues supplied with this package are not available in your native language and you would like to supply them, please contact the maintainer who will be coordinating such activity.
When this option is not used, and man fails to find the page required, before displaying the error message, it attempts to act as if this option was supplied, using the name as a filename and looking for an exact match.
nixdoc.net /man-pages/Linux/man1/man.1.html   (3306 words)

  
 Manual Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Most commands and functions are documented on reference pages called "Manual pages", commonly known as "man" pages.
Man pages provide quick access to detailed information about one command or function.
The man pages are grouped into sections that are numbered from 1 to 8.
ou800doc.caldera.com /cgi-bin/manform?lang=en   (190 words)

  
 Manual page (Unix) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
To this day, virtually every Unix command line application comes with its man page, and many Unix users perceive a lack of man pages as a sign of low quality; indeed, some projects, such as Debian, go out of their way to write man pages for programs lacking one.
The default format of the man pages is troff, with either the macro package man (appearance oriented) or mdoc (semantic oriented).
All man pages follow a common layout that is optimized for presentation on a simple ASCII text display - possibly without any form of highlighting or font control.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Man_pages   (756 words)

  
 UNIX man pages : man ()   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
If man is not made suid, then a cat directory should have mode 0777 if all users should be able to leave cat pages there.
man uses a sophisticated method of finding manual page files, based on the invocation options and environment variables, the /etc/man.config configuration file, and some built in conventions and heuristics.
But in the normal case where name doesn't contain a slash, man searches a variety of directories for a file that could be a manual page for the topic named.
unixhelp.ed.ac.uk /CGI/man-cgi?man   (1468 words)

  
 man(7): macros to format man pages - Linux man page
The date of the last revision---remember to change this every time a change is made to the man page, since this is the most general way of doing version control.
Any reference to another man page (or to the subject of the current man page) is in bold.
Although technically man is a troff macro package, in reality a large number of other tools process man page files that don't implement all of troff's abilities.
www.die.net /doc/linux/man/man7/man.7.html   (2533 words)

  
 man - Man Pages at IceWalkers.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
It is fairly compatible with other versions of this macro package, so porting man pages should not be a major problem (exceptions include the NET-2 BSD release, which uses a totally different macro package called mdoc; see mdoc(7)).
Any reference to another man page (or to the subject of the cur- rent man page) is in bold.
Many man pages begin with ’\" followed by a space and a list of charac- ters, indicating how the page is to be preprocessed.
www.icewalkers.com /Linux/ManPages/man-7.html   (2349 words)

  
 LinuxCommand.org: Reading Man Pages.
Man pages come from various sources and although most are similar, the man page formats aren't entirely consistent.
Man pages are the work of various people doing their best to describe the commands and their usage.
Most man pages list their options in alphabetical order - I believe to make it easier to reference a specific option if you know what that option is, but have forgotten exactly what it does.
linuxcommand.org /reading_man_pages.php   (2149 words)

  
 UNIX man pages : man ()   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
This can be meaningful if the cat page was formatted for a screen with a different number of columns, or if the pre- formatted page is corrupted.
Man will try to save the formatted man pages, in order to save format- ting time the next time these pages are needed.
No cat pages are saved when they are formatted for a line length dif- ferent from 80.
www.mcsr.olemiss.edu /cgi-bin/man-cgi?man   (1471 words)

  
 Beginners Guide to man Pages
Man pages are designed to be printed on a (plain text) printer.
CAT PAGES Man will try to save the formatted man pages, in order to save for- matting time the next time these pages are needed.
Man page authors will go into great specifics of the program or maybe just refer you to another source of documentation (or say nothing at all).
www.tfug.org /helpdesk/general/man.html   (1086 words)

  
 Writing man Pages Using groff | Linux Journal
The location for standard man pages is /usr/man. The source for section 1 man pages should therefore go in /usr/man/man1.
When man coffee is subsequently invoked, the man page will be automatically reformatted, and the viewable text saved in /usr/man/cat1/coffee.1.Z. If you can't copy man page sources directly to /usr/man (say, because you're not the system administrator), you can create your own man page directory tree and add it to your MANPATH.
For more about writing man pages, you can always look at the man page sources (in /usr/man) and determine what they do by comparing the formatted output with the source.
www.linuxjournal.com /article/1158   (1782 words)

  
 MAN PAGES - HOW TO READ MAN PAGES
The section may be necessary in case there are multiple man pages for the same name.
Continuing with the breakdown of the mkdir man page.
Alternatively, you can just try the quick-and-dirty method of running grep (1) in the man directories you think might contain the command you are looking for; note that man pages are not stored in plain text format so the output may not be always readable.
www.cs.mcgill.ca /~guide/help/man.html   (1721 words)

  
 lf309, UNIXBasics: Writing man-pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Man pages can not only be viewed in terminal windows but also other programs like konqueror (simply type: man:commandname)
Running just "man printf" will print the page that is first found (usually printf from section 1).
The syntax of the perl pod documentation language is described in a man page called perlpod.
www.linuxfocus.org /English/November2003/article309.shtml   (1305 words)

  
 How to Write man Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
I'll instead go on the assumption that you are probably a consultant who got asked to write some man pages and that you'd like to know how to do that in a quick and painless fashion.
Because we don't have consultants writing man pages for libraries and similar things very often I'll assume that you are writing a man page for a user program, something that would be found in section 1 of the man pages.
When you are satisfied with what you see find a staffer and tell them you need to install a man page.
www.cs.hmc.edu /qref/writing_man_pages.html   (408 words)

  
 Linux Man Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Man is a utility that displays on-line manual pages.
For instance, there are two manual pages for mount, one corresponding to the C call, the other for the system management command.
We have put the man pages into two different indexes, one by section, and the other by alphabetical order.
hegel.ittc.ku.edu /topics/linux/man-pages   (261 words)

  
 Man Pages - GNU Coding Standards   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In the GNU project, man pages are secondary.
It may be better to refuse the man page unless the same person agrees to take full responsibility for maintaining it—so that you can wash your hands of it entirely.
For long man pages, with enough explanation and documentation that they can be considered true manuals, use the GFDL (see License for Manuals).
www.gnu.org /prep/standards/html_node/Man-Pages.html   (370 words)

  
 The Linux Documentation Project Works
The overall goal of the LDP is to collaborate in taking care of all of the issues of Linux documentation, ranging from online documentation (man pages, HTML, and so on) to printed manuals covering topics such as installing, using, and running Linux.
For your convenience, we have a snapshot of the (English language) Linux man pages for sections 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 available: man-pages-2.41.tar.gz (2.5M) man-pages-2.41.tar.bz2 (1.7M).
Man pages belonging to programs are usually distributed together with those programs.
www.tldp.org /docs.html   (670 words)

  
 Searching the man pages for Keywords
Man pages are accessed by using the man command and the name of a page for an argument.
This method of displaying information from the man pages works fine until you find yourself in a situation where you have a basic idea of what you are looking for, but do not know the name of the relevant man page(s).
If one of the results is similar to what you are looking for, you can view the entire man page using the man command and the name of the page.
www.livefirelabs.com /unix_tip_trick_shell_script/aug_2003/08112003.htm   (420 words)

  
 search-man-pages
This command searches through a set of man pages for text you specify, putting its results in the grep buffer.
Then it asks if you want to restrict searching to particular man page sections, such as 1 for commands or 3 for subroutines.
By default, it shows only the first match in each page; set the search-man-pages-shows-all variable to see all matches.
www.lugaru.com /man/search-man-pages.html   (168 words)

  
 He-Man
Everything associated with "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe", "She-Ra: Princess of Power", "The New Adventures of He-Man"/ (logos, names, pictures of toys and characters) are registered trademarks and/or copyrights of their respective trademark and copyright holders.
To get started put the mouse over one of He-Man's swords to the left of the screen, this is the menu area, some of the power swords will reveal a small window showing what to expect when you click that particular power sword.
She guessed all kinds of thing that it could be. When she opened it she thought it was some He-Man type figure from the 80’s and was a little disappointed.
heman.3wpages.com   (1740 words)

  
 man pages - UNIX Socket FAQ
when i searched in my system i saw the library file with extension.gz in a (man/man3...sorry dont remember but sure it was in some man page related directory) directory....
"man 3 libexpect" (or just "man libexpect") to see the man page...
man pages in with the main package; some may have a separate
www.developerweb.net /forum/showthread.php?t=3902   (505 words)

  
 Man-cgi home page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
When Man-cgi creates a cross-reference in a man page to another man page it uses the section number provided by the man page.
This could be a problem because a man page can be stored in a different section.
For example, in our system the X11 man pages are stored in the "x" section, but the references in the man pages point to section "1" (e.g.
www.softlab.ntua.gr /~christia/man-cgi.html   (278 words)

  
 ITSweb | Documentation | Operating Systems | UNIX | Man Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
By default, the first man page found in the search path will be displayed, with the others following in the order in which they are found.
Sometimes, several commands with the same name fall into the same category, resulting in several different man pages with the same name.
By default, the first man page found in the search path will be displayed.
www.usc.edu /isd/doc/os/unix/commands/man.html   (354 words)

  
 Man Pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Man Pages (and commands) that should be part of Unix
When bitching on our favorite newsgroups, some of us have authored the man pages we really wish were included in unix (with their associated commands).
The whole lot can be obtained as the a.s.r man page distribution tar file.
www.bofh.net /man   (235 words)

  
 Man pages   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
But when I made the additions, man was unable to "see" the new man pages.
When I was done, man could still not see the new man pages.
When a user "man's" a man page, man will create a formatted copy of the man page in the cat dirs if they don't yet exist.
userpages.umbc.edu /~vijay/solaris/solarman_pages.html   (140 words)

  
 Linux
The Linux man pages are maintained by Michael Kerrisk.
The Section 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 man pages for Linux.
For documentation other than man pages, see the LDP home site.
www.win.tue.nl /~aeb/linux/man   (228 words)

  
 Reading Man Pages
This is an weakness of man pages; they do not provide a indexed searchable system to find information.
The "LS(1)" is the command you have searched for and the number in parenthesis shows you what section of the man page you are viewing.
Manual pages aren't designed to be a tutorial on how to use the commands but frequently explain how the command functions so that you can easily understand their use.
gd.tuwien.ac.at /linuxcommand.org/reading_man_pages.html   (2057 words)

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