CLI – man

One of the most fundamental, yet useful commands that the user can enter via CLI is ‘man’. The ‘man’ command calls up the manual page for the designated command. Unix/Linux OS X systems are loaded in most cases with a set of ‘manual pages’ for the various commands that the respective systems support.

CLI - man

So for instance if I go to the Terminal on my Mac (Go >> Utilities >> Terminal) and type in ‘man man’, I will get the manual page for the man command. To leave the man page display, just enter ‘q’.

CLI - man-1

This provides a quick way to find out what a command does, verify
the syntax to use and see what options are available.

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