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How do I write man pages?

How do I write a man page? Where can I find a reference of all formatting codes? Are there any good tutorials on writing man pages? What is the most convenient way to write a man page? Should I ...
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Why are Unix applications documented with an number in parenthesis with man?

When I try to get help on a Unix command, I get reference to say tar(1) or lsof(8). Why is there a number within parenthesis and what does it refer to exactly ?
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rsync 'cannot delete non-empty directory' errors, even with --force option

When running this command: $ sudo rsync -r --delete --force --checksum --exclude=uploads /data/prep/* /data/app/ I'm getting the following output: cannot delete non-empty directory: ...
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How to grok man pages

man pages often look like a wall of text when you open them, with huge amounts of options and often not much context. But they are a great mine of information for how to use the commands. So how do ...
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Convert info pages to man pages

I was invited to re-post this question with less opinion, so if it seems familiar, that's why. How can I convert info pages into man pages? I used to have a shell one liner that flattened an entire ...
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mysql man pages options apearing with question marks

In the man pages of mysql(mysql, mysqladmin) the options appears with '?' instead of '-a, -p, etc', other commands are not affected Centos 6.4 min install
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`less` not able to display special characters

I stumbled upon bad special characters in some manpages: If your terminal is a "true" auto-margin terminal (it doesnâ–’<80><99>t allow the last position on the screen to be updated ...
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BSD route(8) MAN page bug

http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/man.cgi?query=route Route is a utility used to manually manipulate the network routing tables. It normally is not needed, as a system routing table management ...
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How to get a man page for manually compiled software?

I'm using Mac OS X and I manually compiled llvm and clang because they were not available from MacPorts (a package manager). I presume clang has some kind of man page. How do I install and/or ...
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MANPATH in man.conf

I've installed mac-ports which puts everything under /opt/local. The corresponding man pages are in /opt/local/man. I added the following line to /private/etc/man.conf representing the man search path ...
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how to list all function of man page 9

I did "man copy_to_user" - It shows some kernel help text. It belongs to section 9. Now I would like to know ,whether is there way to display all function belongs to this section 9.
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Consulting MAN pages for specific flags

Sometimes I want to know what a specific flag means. For instance: man apache2: (...) -L Output a list of directives together with expected arguments and places where the directive ...
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How can I keep “man” from hyphenating items? MANWIDTH?

I've been trying to grab the output of man pages and use it in some other things. That's working OK, but linux is hyphenating the words that are at the end of a line and that's kind of irritating ...
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How can I install man pages from FreeBSD server via console command?

How can I install man pages from FreeBSD server via console command?
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Strange content when extracting zipped manpage sources

For a little project at university if have to extract the zipped manpage sources, "nroff" them and parse the "nroffed" manpage for options, option arguments etc.. My script works just fine, except for ...
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Download only man pages / all man pages [closed]

Frequently I'll be in a situation where I want to read the man page for some software, even though I don't have it installed. Specifically this time I want the syslogd man page, but I use Arch Linux ...