The Unix man command gives you access to documentation in the form of manual ("man") pages at the shell prompt. Enter man followed by the name of the command.

The Unix manual consists of eight sections, and each man page has its command name followed by the section number in parenthesis. Note that if you are a user, you will be using the commands in section 1.

Section #Topic
1Commands available to users
2Unix and C system calls
3C library routines for C programs
4Special file names
5File formats and conventions for files used by Unix
7Word processing packages
8System administration commands and procedures
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