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This package provides the man command. This utility is the primary way of examining the on-line help files (manual pages). Other utilities provided include the whatis and apropos commands for searching the manual page database, the manpath utility for determining the manual page search path, and the maintenance utilities mandb, catman, and zsoelim. This package uses the groff suite of programs to format and display the manual pages.


Download version 2.5.7 (stable)
released on 16 February 2010

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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2Kelly Hopkins19 February 2010
GPLv3orlaterKelly Hopkins19 February 2010

Leaders and contributors

Colin Watson Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Help E-mail
Bug Tracking Bug Tracking
Developer Download
Developer VCS Repository Webview
Developer VCS Repository Webview

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Required to use groff
Required to build Perl
Weak prerequisite libdb2-dev

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 19 February 2010.


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