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From Coder Merlin
Within these castle walls be forged Mavens of Computer Science ...
— Merlin, The Coder

Finally, let's try out one more very helpful command. If we want to learn more about a command, we can read its manual. We do this with the command man. As an example, look at the man page for the emacs command. Type man emacs.

john-williams@codermerlin:~/Merlin$  man emacs

The screen is filled with information about the emacs command. While a man page is displayed, we can navigate by using the following keys:

  • Typing f moves us forward one page in the manual
  • Typing b moves us backward one page in the manual
  • Typing q quits (exits the manual)

Exit the manual now.