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Mac OS X Tiger in a Nutshell by Jason McIntosh, Chuck Toporek, Chris Stone, Andy Lester

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Name

man

Synopsis

man [options] [section] [title]

Displays information from the online reference manuals. man locates and prints the named title from the designated reference section.

Options

-a

Show all pages matching title.

-C filename

Uses filename as the config file, instead of /usr/share/misc/man.conf.

-d

Display debugging information. Suppress actual printing of manpages.

-f

Same as whatis command.

-h

Print help and exit.

-k

Same as apropos command.

-m systems

Search systems' manpages. systems should be a comma-separated list.

-M path

Search for manpages in path. Ignore -m option.

-p preprocessors

Preprocess manpages with preprocessors before turning them over to nroff, troff, or groff. Always runs soelim first.

-P pager

Select paging program pager to display the entry.

-S sections

Define colon-separated list of sections to search.

-t

Format the manpage with troff.

-w

Print pathnames of entries on standard output.

Section names

Manpages are divided into sections, depending on their intended audience:

1

Executable programs or shell commands.

2

System calls (functions provided by the kernel).

3

Library calls (functions within system libraries).

4

Special files (usually found in /dev).

5

File formats and conventions.

6

Games.

7

Macro packages and conventions.

8

System administration commands (usually only for a privileged user).

9

Kernel routines (nonstandard).

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