Sunday, August 14, 2011

Man Command Utilities

Man pages(short for manual pages)are the documentation that comes preinstalled with almost all Unix and Unix-like operating systems. The linux command used to display them is man. Each page is a self-contained document.

The following section numbers of the manual followed by the types of pages they contain.

1   Executable programs or shell commands (or) User-level commands
2   System calls (functions provided by the kernel)
3   Library calls (functions within program libraries)
4   Special files (or) Devices and device drivers
5   File formats and conventions e.x:-/etc/passwd
6   Games
7   Miscellaneous (or) Various miscellaneous stuff - macro packages etc.(including macro packages &conventions), e.x:-man(7)
8   System administration commands (or) System maintenance and operation commands(usually only for root)
9   Kernel routines [Non standard]

To Create a PDF document for man page

syntax :-

man -t (command) | ps2pdf -> (command).pdf
man -t man -t mkdir | ps2pdf -> mkdir.pdf