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SAMS Teach Yourself Unix in 10 Minutes by Robert Shimonski

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Using the Unix Man Pages

Man pages are nothing more than compressed text files, located in /usr/share/doc. The information included is a command reference. Occasionally there are even known bug statements found within man pages. One thing is for certain, though—man pages are helpful if used properly.

As programs grew increasingly complex, they began to tax the man page format, so the info help format was created. These pages include a hierarchical structure, hypertext links for easy navigation between documents, and keyboard and mouse navigational tools. The first time you use info help (often when looking for help in the Emacs text editor), it can be a little overwhelming, but this format is not difficult to use once you have a feel for it. ...

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