How to Install “man” Command on Fedora 16

The “man” command is a critical utility in Unix-based operating systems that provides detailed information about any command or program available on the system. It stands for “manual,” and it displays the user manual of any command or program, including syntax, usage, options, and examples. However, some Linux distributions don’t include the “man” command by default, and Fedora 16 is one of them.

-bash: man: command not found

In this guide, we will show you how to install the “man” command on Fedora 16 using the Terminal application.

Step 1: Open the Terminal

The Terminal is the default command-line interface in Fedora 16, and it allows you to interact with the system using text commands. You can open it by pressing the “Ctrl + Alt + T” keys simultaneously, or you can click on “Activities” in the top left corner of the desktop, type “Terminal” in the search box, and click on the Terminal icon.

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Step 2: Update the Package List

Before installing any new package, it’s recommended to update the package list to ensure that you get the latest available versions. You can do that by running the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf update

The system will prompt you to enter the root password. Type it in and press Enter.

Step 3: Install the “man” Command

Once the package list is updated, you can install the “man” command by running the following command in the Terminal:

sudo dnf install man

The system will prompt you to confirm the installation by typing “y” and then pressing Enter. The installation process may take a few minutes, depending on your Internet connection speed.

Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package man-db.i686 0:2.6.0.2-2.fc16 will be installed
--> Processing Dependency: groff for package: man-db-2.6.0.2-2.fc16.i686
--> Processing Dependency: libpipeline.so.1 for package: man-db-2.6.0.2-2.fc16.i686
--> Processing Dependency: less for package: man-db-2.6.0.2-2.fc16.i686
--> Running transaction check
---> Package groff.i686 0:1.21-3.fc16 will be installed
---> Package less.i686 0:444-2.fc16 will be installed
---> Package libpipeline.i686 0:1.2.0-1.fc16 will be installed
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

====================================================================================================
 Package               Arch           Version                   Repository                     Size
====================================================================================================
Installing:
 man-db                i686           2.6.0.2-2.fc16            Fedora16-Repository           563 k
Installing for dependencies:
 groff                 i686           1.21-3.fc16               Fedora16-Repository           1.9 M
 less                  i686           444-2.fc16                Fedora16-Repository           109 k
 libpipeline           i686           1.2.0-1.fc16              Fedora16-Repository            47 k

Transaction Summary
====================================================================================================
Install       4 Packages

Total download size: 2.6 M
Installed size: 9.3 M
Downloading Packages:
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Total                                                                18 MB/s | 2.6 MB     00:00
Running Transaction Check
Running Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing : less-444-2.fc16.i686                                                             1/4
  Installing : groff-1.21-3.fc16.i686                                                           2/4
  Installing : libpipeline-1.2.0-1.fc16.i686                                                    3/4
  Installing : man-db-2.6.0.2-2.fc16.i686                                                       4/4

Installed:
  man-db.i686 0:2.6.0.2-2.fc16

Dependency Installed:
  groff.i686 0:1.21-3.fc16       less.i686 0:444-2.fc16       libpipeline.i686 0:1.2.0-1.fc16

Complete!

Step 4: Verify the Installation

After the installation is complete, you can verify that the “man” command is working correctly by running the following command in the Terminal:

man man

This command will display the manual page of the “man” command itself. If you can see the manual page, then the “man” command is installed correctly.

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Commands Mentioned:

  • sudo dnf update – updates the package list
  • sudo dnf install man – installs the “man” command
  • man man – displays the manual page of the “man” command

Conclusion

In this guide, we have shown you how to install the “man” command on Fedora 16 using the Terminal application. The “man” command is an essential utility in Unix-based operating systems, and it provides detailed information about any command or program available on the system. By following the steps in this guide, you should now have the “man” command installed and working correctly on your Fedora 16 system.

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