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There are just too many commands in Solaris. Many of then are never used. Here I listed those that more or less often used. It still too many, over 200 commands in this shortened list. My God what a memory Unix admins are expected to have to deal with all this complexity and variety :-).

And what this semi-useless organization called POSIX is thinking about all this mess and proliferation of commands in Unix. 

As for viewer good old man is not the only one and not the best one. Tkman is a better tool (see Reading Manual Pages in Style).  But any command line or GUI WEB browser is miles ahead regular man reader (and conversion of man into HTML can be done with many utilities some of them can convert the whole tree at once (for those who cannot find command with option -exec can be used). It is pretty pathetic that Linux which actually came to life simultaneously with WWW did not adopt a better format (there was a stillborn FSF project to use info pages advocated by RMS that probably helped to prevent this move).  Sun used to provides HTML version of pages via special web server but it was unfortunately abandoned after a couple of security holes were found in it (why it couldn't be converted to serve only local host is beyond me). 

Please also note that man pages were not thought as static documents by Unix designers.  And on your own workstation you can (and probably should) annotate them using them as a kind of notepad.  I personally prefer to do it in HTML (IMHO troff format belongs to prev. century; HTML dominates in the XXI century ;-), but for those who prefer native format there is a nice little utility: Project details for ManEdit

The ManEdit UNIX Manual Page Editor is an editor specifically tailored for UNIX manual pages. It has a preview viewer, uses the manual page XML format for easy editing, and comes with a tutorial and reference guide. It uses the GTK+ widget set and features syntax highlighting, a complete drag and drop system for easy viewing and editing, a crash recovery system, and sample manual page templates.

Also man utility has some features that many does not suspect that they exist (like -M path option, that helps to overcome many misconfigurations).  I compiled an additional page devoted to the man command and its infrastructure.


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Most Often Used Commands

awk chmod chown cp crontab ctags cut du ed egrep eject env eval
fc fgrep file find for foreach ftp function getfacl grep head history if
ls link(1M) mailx man mkdir mv pgrep pkginfo          

A  : Full list of user commands Full list of System commands (1M)

  • apropos - locate commands by keyword lookup
  • alias - create or remove a pseudonym or shorthand for a command or series of commands
  • awk - pattern scanning and processing language

B  : Full list of user commands :  Full list of System commands

  • banner - make posters
  • basename - deliver portions of path names
  • batch - execute commands at a later time
  • bg - control process execution
  • boot(1M) – start the system kernel or a standalone program
  • bsmconv(1M) – enable or disable the Basic Security Module (BSM) on Solaris
  • bsmrecord(1M) – display Solaris audit record formats
  • bsmunconv(1M) – enable or disable the Basic Security Module (BSM) on Solaris
  • busstat(1M) – report bus-related performance statistics

C  : Full list of user commands :  Full list of System commands
























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