Manpages in terminal?



  • I just installed, Ubuntu Touch on a Nexus 5 (awesome! so stoked! so grateful!); I'm hungry to learn and don't want to hassle everybody for every little question... but 'man' isn't available in the terminal! really? Is there another doc viewing program? Manpages are so essential for self education, and the documentation isn't nearly as extensive as what manpages would provide. (I know it's in it's infancy).



  • Hi,
    you can always Google man pages for specific things when on the go, even narrow it down by distro and its version when searching.

    But it doesn't make much sense to have them installed on phones. It would just occupy precious space while being very rarely useful - especially when there are other sources available.



  • If you want to have man pages in the terminal (which absolutely makes sense when thinking of convergence!) you could put them and man into ~/man respectively ~/bin manually and set the environment variable MANPATH or INFOPATH accordingly. Or make a click package for it which installs it to /opt/click.ubuntu.com/man.yourname/ and set PATH=/opt/click.ubuntu.com/man.yourname/current/bin and MANPATH=/opt/click.ubuntu.com/man.yourname/current/man or whatever in ~/.profile... That would be cool, I would install it too! 😉



  • @hummlbach Or, simply install them in libertine and access them inside the container.



  • Thank you all for your reply; I'm so impressed with Touch. Definitely a keeper.

    @zubozrout said in Manpages in terminal?:

    Hi,
    you can always Google man pages for specific things when on the go, even narrow it down by distro and its version when searching.

    I had just spent about 45min searching for a ubuntu-app-launcher man page (saw and used the command in vid) before posting this; not convenient.

    @hummlbach said in Manpages in terminal?:

    If you want to have man pages in the terminal (which absolutely makes sense when thinking of convergence!) you could put them and man into ~/man respectively ~/bin manually and set the environment variable MANPATH or INFOPATH accordingly. Or make a click package for it which installs it to /opt/click.ubuntu.com/man.yourname/ and set PATH=/opt/click.ubuntu.com/man.yourname/current/bin and MANPATH=/opt/click.ubuntu.com/man.yourname/current/man or whatever in ~/.profile... That would be cool, I would install it too! 😉

    @dobey said in Manpages in terminal?:

    @hummlbach Or, simply install them in libertine and access them inside the container.

    Yep, definitely going for the computer in a pocket; I'm absolutely going to implement 'man' with or without the continuation of the precedent :0] Thank goodness this OS makes that possible. Thanks for the tips.

    Thank you all for your time! Good to meet you.


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