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Man page

The man page on man(1), as seen in various Linux distributions. This version is from man-db.

A man page (short for manual page) is a form of software documentation usually found on a Unix or Unix-like operating system. Topics covered include computer programs (including library and system calls), formal standards and conventions, and even abstract concepts. A user may invoke a man page by issuing the man command.

By default, man typically uses a terminal pager program such as more or less to display its output.

Man pages are often referred to as an on-line or online form of software documentation,[1] even though the man command does not require internet access, dating back to the times when printed out-of-band manuals were the norm.

  1. ^ "man(1) — display online manual documentation pages". BSD Cross Reference. FreeBSD. Retrieved 2019-04-01. Lay summary. The man utility finds and displays online manual documentation pages. {{cite web}}: Cite uses deprecated parameter |lay-url= (help)

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