Having access to Ubuntu manual pages (man pages) on your server is an essential asset with which to be familiar. Most Linux-based OS distributions include the man command out of the box. In those cases, there is not much needed. On the other hand, installations that do not have man pages are just a quick command away from having them.
By default, on Ubuntu-based servers, this command is typically not provided. However, since Ubuntu manual pages are a great tool to access, this article will help you install man pages and access them in Ubuntu.
What are Man Pages?
A man page is software documentation provided with packages on Unix-based systems. They provide a type of manual for applications, services, and system resources. The terminal is where to read man pages, including topics such as:
- Command summaries.
- Command line tools.
- System calls.
- Abstract concepts.
Install Man Pages on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS
To check whether Ubuntu manual pages are installed, run the following command in the terminal.
If the man command exists, the output is the Ubuntu manuals for the man command. The man page for the man command displays.
The following output displays if the server does not have the man command available.
-bash: man: command not found
To install the man package, run the following commands.
apt update && apt upgrade && apt install man
Here is the breakdown of this command:
- apt update will update the Ubuntu server's software repositories.
- apt upgrade will upgrade the applications on the server.
- apt install man will install the man package, allowing you to view Ubuntu manuals.
You now have access to the software man pages on your Ubuntu server.
As you install new software and other packages that include man pages, the database will be updated and the additional man pages made available. So, for instance, if you install Nginx on your server immediately after the process completes, you can open the Ubuntu man pages.
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