What is the use of this switch ?

manswitch () { man $1 | less -p "^ +$2"; }
e.g. manswitch grep -o This will take you to the relevant part of the man page, so you can see the description of the switch underneath.

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By: dbh
2011-08-19 16:44:48

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  • Find the usage of a switch with out searching through the entire man page. Usage: manswitch [cmd] [switch] Eg: manswitch grep silent ____________________________ In simple words man <cmd> | grep "\-<switch>" Eg: man grep | grep "\-o" This is not a standard method but works. Show Sample Output


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    manswitch() { man $1 | grep -A5 "^ *\-$2"; }
    totti · 2011-08-19 08:36:54 2

What Others Think

Thanks for the nice & efficient cmd
totti · 353 weeks ago
I did not know about the '-p' switch for /usr/bin/less. Wow that is useful.
Mozai · 352 weeks and 4 days ago

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