Linux: Man Page Keys
Command to Display Man Page
To show the manual page for the command
Man Pages Keys
Here's the most important keys when viewing man page.
- f = page down.
- b = page up.
- h = show help.
- q = exit/quit.
/str= to search.
- n = next occurrence.
- N = previous occurrence.
man bash and try these keys.
These keys are similar to vi's keys. (not exactly compatible. For example, page down in vi is Ctrl + f, not f.) [see vi tutorial]
See also: Linux: Bash/Terminal Keys
View Man Page in Emacs
Emacs: View Linux man Page
How to get text output of man page?
man ls | col -b
The “col -b” formats the man page to plain text. (It removes control chars. (Control chars are used to make text bold, etc.)).
How to read a non-compressed man page without the “man” command?
nroff -man n43921.man | col -b
This is convenient when you need to read a man-page file once without adding the dir to your $MANPATH.
How to read a compressed man page without the “man” command?
cat n43921.1 | compress -cd - | nroff -man | col -b
How to read a unformatted man page?
nroff -man ftpshut.8
The “man” command is essentially
nroff -e -man filename | more -s