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    Using the Linux Manual

    I find that if I want some information I try using the manual.

    man -k something.

    I often find that I get not found type of messages.

    Has anyone any tips for using the manual when one knows the topic, but not the right language, commands, etc?
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    Re: Using the Linux Manual

    See
    Code:
    man apropos
    That may provide some pointers.
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    Re: Using the Linux Manual

    Let's say I want to know more about bluetooth:

    Code:
    apropos bluetooth
    apt-cache search bluetooth
    man hcitool
    The first gives you what is available on your system. The second command gives you what is available in the repositories (and could be installed). The third gives you a help page on a specific tool that you discovered in the first two.
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    Re: Using the Linux Manual

    Thank you.

    These help

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