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Read manpages of uninstalled packages with debman

Posted by JoshTriplett on Thu 26 Oct 2006 at 14:22

Not sure if a manual page does what you need? Want to read the manual page first, before installing it? Use debman, from the debian-goodies package.

debman extracts manual pages from a Debian package and displays them with man. It can run in two different ways: debman -f pkg.deb manpage will view manpage from the uninstalled package pkg.deb, and debman -p pkg manpage will download the deb for pkg then display the manpage.

For example, try

debman -p git-core git
to read the git manual page without installing GIT from the git-core package.



debian-goodies also contains "dpigs"
Posted by Arnaud (131.254.xx.xx) on Thu 26 Oct 2006 at 14:44
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Thanks for the tip !

This package also contains dpigs which shows which installed packages occupy the most space on the system.
It's pretty useful when you are a bit low on disk space.

I just run it, and was able to free more than 300Mo on my system: I forgot I had (amongst others) firefox-dbg installed...


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Or use
Posted by Anonymous (212.84.xx.xx) on Thu 26 Oct 2006 at 15:07
Or if you don't want to download the whole package just for reading a man page go to It contains all manpages from the testing distribution and additional ones from other sources. Users can also add comments to illustrate special usages.

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