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Old 02-03-2003
man pages

When reading man pages, I notice that sometimes commands are follwed by a number enclosed in parenthesis. such as:
mkdir calls the mkdir(2) system call.

What exactly does this mean?
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Old 02-03-2003
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This number represents the section of the manual the page is found in.


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Old 02-04-2003
The Reference Manual is divided into sections.Each section addresses a related set of commands...i.e.
Section 1 - User Commands
1M - System maintenance & administration commands
2 - Low-level operating system calls....

and so on
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Old 02-04-2003
man man

Believe-it-or-not, there is some very useful information in the man page on man. Try this:

man man

... for some good info on man and how it works.
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Old 02-04-2003
A lot of systems ship with an intro in each section.
So to get an intro to section 2 of the manual, you use the command:
man 2 intro
(Although for SunOS/Solaris, the command is slightly different - I can't remember what it is. Use man man to find out how to specify the section to look in.)
 

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