The term man(ual) page
refers to a set of reference documents that are distributed with many software packages (Tcl and Tk in particular) which are written in the *roff (nroff/troff) markup language
and a special macro package known as -man, which originated on Unix
is a family of markup languages designed to do presentation markup in ASCII
text with an eye towards typesetters (troff or plain text nroff).
The man pages are organized in sections
. The Tcl man pages, for instance, are organized in section 1 for the command programs tclsh
, the C APIs as section 3, and the tcl commands documented in section n. When using the traditional man commands, you would say
man -s n lassign
or, depending on your system, perhaps
man n lassign
HTML versions of the man pages
are also available, both online and for download.CL
thinks of man pages
instead as documentation content--"That
is what you need? Look in the man page
for ioctl(2)" is an example of this usage.
The manual pages
are available on-line, of course, [1
" also might interest.AMG
: How were the above-linked HTML manual pages produced? They appear to be automatically generated from the nroff files in the doc subdirectory of the Tcl distribution, but I don't think they were done by tools/man2html.tcl.