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Unix manual page

<operating system> (Or "man page") A part of Unix's extensive on-line documentation.

To read a manual page, type

man [-s<section>] <page>

at a shell prompt, e.g. "man ftp" (the section number can usually be omitted).

Pages are traditionally referred to using the notation "page(section)", e.g. ftp(1).

Under SunOS (which is fairly typical), Section 1 covers commands, 2 system calls, 3 C library routines, 4 devices and networks, 5 file formats, 6 games and demos, 7 miscellaneous, 8 system administration.

Each section has an introduction which can be obtained with, e.g., "man 2 intro".

Manual pages are stored as nroff source files.

Formatted versions are also usually cached.

Unix manual page: man(1).

A Linux man gateway (

A Solaris man gateway (

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