Commandline 101: man pages

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Dont't forget about apropos

Sorin G.'s picture

I use apropos "keyword". For instance, if I'm looking for a disk partitioning tool, I write apropos disk, and then search for info on commands which are being shown with man. I guess that the difference between apropos and man -k is that the former shows you only commands, while the latter shows you both commands and...well,other stuff.

mind blowing

flip's picture

I use man and didn't know about the -k argument. That will make my life easier, thanks

Exit from a man page

Anonymous's picture

I know I had problems exiting from a man page when I first started using linux, so I think you should have mentioned that to exit just hit the "Q" key.

Good Call

Shawn Powers's picture

Yes, it's those little things I try to remember when I'm doing these videos. After so many years, we do it without thinking. Thanks for pointing it out.


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.