Man

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man
Description Man page lookup integration into Emacs
Part of Emacs yes


M-x man allows you to browse the manual pages installed on your system. It uses the external man tool to format the page and present it to you in a "*Man topic*" buffer using a specific major mode facilitating navigation.


Basic usage[edit]

Man is part of Emacs and should work out of the box. You just need to enter the name of the man page: M-x man RET bash RET. To read a man page from a specific section, you can specify it by wrapping it in parentheses after the topic name: M-x man RET chmod(2) RET.


Helpful keybindings[edit]

[g]
Jump to a specific section within the manpage.
[n] and [p]
Jump to the next/previous manpage section.
[m]
Open another manpage.
[q] and [k]
quit the manpage, and bury/kill the buffer.


Windows[edit]

Since the external utility man is generally not installed on MS Windows platforms, Windows users might prefer using woman, which does not need any external tool.


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