Search manpages for a keyword

man -k <keyword>
Search manpages for a keyword. Very useful when you don't know where to find the information.
Sample Output
$ man -k e2fs
dumpe2fs (8)         - dump ext2/ext3 filesystem information
e2fsck (8)           - check a Linux ext2/ext3 file system
e2fsck.conf (5)      - Configuration file for e2fsck
mke2fs (8)           - create an ext2/ext3 filesystem
mke2fs.conf (5)      - Configuration file for mke2fs
resize2fs (8)        - ext2/ext3 file system resizer
tune2fs (8)          - adjust tunable filesystem parameters on ext2/ext3 filesystems

By: raphink
2009-02-16 15:28:57

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