unix Search for a Manual Page


Example

You can search for man pages containing a particular string in their description using:

man -k <string>

For example:

man -k unzip

Might return:

man -k unzip
IO::Uncompress::Bunzip2(3pm) - Read bzip2 files/buffers
IO::Uncompress::Gunzip(3pm) - Read RFC 1952 files/buffers
IO::Uncompress::Unzip(3pm) - Read zip files/buffers
PerlIO::gzip(3pm)        - Perl extension to provide a PerlIO layer to gzip/gunzip
gzip(1), gunzip(1), zcat(1) - compress or expand files
IO::Uncompress::Bunzip2(3pm) - Read bzip2 files/buffers
IO::Uncompress::Gunzip(3pm) - Read RFC 1952 files/buffers
IO::Uncompress::Unzip(3pm) - Read zip files/buffers
PerlIO::gzip(3pm)        - Perl extension to provide a PerlIO layer to gzip/gunzip
bzip2(1), bunzip2(1)     - a block-sorting file compressor, v1.0.6 bzcat - decompresses files to stdout bzip2recover - recovers data from damaged bzip2 files
funzip(1)                - filter for extracting from a ZIP archive in a pipe
unzip(1)                 - list, test and extract compressed files in a ZIP archive
unzipsfx(1)              - self-extracting stub for prepending to ZIP archives