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How do I use offline man pages?
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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar 2014, 18:41    Post_subject:  How do I use offline man pages?  

I know I can download man pages(man-pages-3.41 or whatever) via the PPM, but I have no idea where to begin in terms of getting bash to stop redirecting me to webpages, and instead show me an offline man page.

Has anyone tried to do this before? Any advice, hints or solutions would be greatly appreciated. I'm running in Slacko 5.6,

EDIT: Simply installing groff-1.22.2 and man-1.6g from the packages section on slackware.com has gotten the man command working. Working on getting it to load actual man pages... -_-

EDIT2: My temporary solution is to use Lynx to browse the html version of man pages available here: http://manpages.courier-mta.org/
It's not pretty, but it works... slowly, due to lack of a search function, but it's only 2 MB, and better than having nothing(except for --help) when I'm without internet.

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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar 2014, 19:41    Post_subject:  

The real, full 'man' isn't included in Puppy, but you can try a simplified version from busybox:
# busybox man
BusyBox v1.21.0 (2013-02-18 15:57:06 WST) multi-call binary.

Usage: man [-aw] [MANPAGE]...

Format and display manual page

   -a   Display all pages
   -w   Show page locations



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PostPosted: Tue 18 Mar 2014, 20:52    Post_subject:  

This is part of the problem.

Puppy leaves the normal man pages out of the distribution to save space, and replaces them with pointers to a web based man page set. It assumes you will always have a live internet connection and can simply pop out to the web to check things.

I have found, in trying to help people, that the things they do not tell you, are usually the clue to solving the problem.
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