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man page

A man page in a Linux or other Unix-like operating system is an online description of an interactive shell command, system interface, or system object. A system user can request the display of a man page simply by entering the man command followed by a space and then the name of the desired command or other entity. The term is short for "manual page" since command descriptions were originally and sometimes still are also published in printed technical manuals or references.
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