Why use mankier.com?
We've covered some ways of loading local man pages in your browser.
These local man pages will generally cover all available commands on your system, and will match the exact version of
the command you want to run.
So why use online pages on mankier.com? Here's why:
- When you refer to a command on the web or in an email, you can do the intended recipients a favor by including
a link. Allow them to quickly jump to:
- Man pages on mankier.com have a navigation panel (click the hamburger
button to see it if you're on a small screen) that gives you an overview of the command headings, and lets
you jump straight to sections you're interested in. This is specially handy for large man pages. For
example you can identify and jump to rsync's options section,
which is otherwise hidden quite far down the content.
- It's quick and easy, especially if like me you often have browser and terminal windows open side by side.
Create a shortcut if you're using Firefox or
Chrome so that you can use the man command in your browser as you would
on the command line.
- Man pages on mankier.com are easy on the eye!
When not to use mankier.com?
- When there's something device-specific about the command, or you're on an atypical system. For example, if you're
on a rather old machine, it's likely its commands and man pages will have differences to more recent online
versions. You're then better off using the local man pages.
- When you don't have an Internet connection!