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List commands with a short summary

Terminal - List commands with a short summary
find `echo "${PATH}" | tr ':' ' '` -type f | while read COMMAND; do man -f "${COMMAND##*/}"; done
2009-06-13 19:56:24
User: mohan43u
Functions: find man read tr
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List commands with a short summary

Obviously, you can replace 'man' command with any command in this command line to do useful things. I just want to mention that there is a way to list all the commands which you can execute directly without giving fullpath.

Normally all important commands will be placed in your PATH directories. This commandline uses that variable to get commands. Works in Ubuntu, will work in all 'manpage' configured *nix systems.

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Terminal - Alternatives

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that's nice, there is also this command that does something similar:

whatis <some-command>

eg.

# whatis man

man (1) - format and display the on-line manual pages

man (1p) - display system documentation

man (7) - macros to format man pages

man-pages (7) - conventions for writing Linux man pages

man.conf [man] (5) - configuration data for man

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