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    Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Hey guys!

    I installed ubuntu 12.10 on virtual pc, and tried to find the term 'firewire' in a particular man page by typing ' / firewire' however I keep getting the message 'pattern not found'.

    Does anyone know the correct way to do this? first i type man man to get into a man page, and then I type '/ firewire', which is basically 'searching within a man page', or am I missing something?

    Help would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Quote Originally Posted by zee220 View Post
    Hey guys!

    I installed ubuntu 12.10 on virtual pc, and tried to find the term 'firewire' in a particular man page by typing ' / firewire' however I keep getting the message 'pattern not found'.

    Does anyone know the correct way to do this? first i type man man to get into a man page, and then I type '/ firewire', which is basically 'searching within a man page', or am I missing something?

    Help would be highly appreciated.

    Thanks!
    man generally uses the less terminal pager.
    When yo uare doing a /serchpattern , to jump through the results, press N (forwards) and Shift+N (backwards).
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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Thank you for your response. I apologise for my lack of knowledge, but I don't think it answered the question for me. Would you say, the way I am trying to find the term firewire within a man page is correct?

    If not, what is the correct way to search within a man page in the terminal.

    Thanks

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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Omit the space after the "/" and it should work. With the space, you're looking for " firewire" and that may not be anywhere to be found.

    Also, case is important. You may need to try "/Firewire" also...
    Last edited by JKyleOKC; November 4th, 2012 at 04:44 PM. Reason: to add case-sensivity note.
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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    I've tried many variations

    /firewire

    / firewire

    /Firewire

    / Firewire

    Still nothing

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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Best way I've found is to install man2html...
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install man2html
    Add
    Code:
    http://localhost/cgi-bin/man/man2html
    to your Firefox bookmarks and use the browsers page search.

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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Which man page are you looking at?

    Does it actually contain the word firewire?
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    Quote Originally Posted by zee220 View Post
    I've tried many variations

    /firewire

    / firewire

    /Firewire

    / Firewire

    Still nothing
    /firewire
    should work if the keyword firewire exists in the manpage you are searching. Please also note the whole *nix thingy is case sensitive and fireware ,Fireware,FireWare all are different patterns .
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    Re: Searching within a man page for the term firewire

    What's a landing but a take off in reverse?
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