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manpage is short for Manual Page. A manual page should give a description of a CommandLine options, configuration file syntax, etc. and a few examples.

The man-db package includes three tools for finding information and/or documentation about your Linux system: man, apropos and whatis.

The man command formats and displays on-line manual pages about commands or functions on your system. To view a manual page, one simply types "man foo". The manual page is formatted and displayed by the $PAGER.

The apropos command searches the whatis database (containing short descriptions of system commands) for a string.

The whatis command searches its own database for a complete word.

The manpages package should be installed on your system because it is the primary way for find documentation on a Linux system.

The manual pages are stored in /usr/share/man.

Translations, locales

Reading manual pages in graphical environments

See also


ToDo: cleanup this page, refactor