Using GNU info to get more detailed manuals

When you're looking for some documentation and help about a specific command, man really is your best friend. Almost all the commands on your system will have a man page where you can look to find all sorts of information.

However, sometimes you can find more detailed manuals on GNU-based systems with the info command. It works slightly differently to man, but on some software, you will be able to access a much more detailed manual about a particular command or software package.

Using info is of course, frightfully easy:

$ info commandname

It doesn't always turn out what your looking for, but if you're left in the dark after using man, try info as well. Or the other way round. You decide.

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Peter Upfold is a technology enthusiast from the UK. Peter’s interest in Linux stems back to 2003, when curiosity got the better of him and he began using SUSE 9.0. Now he runs Linux Mint 9 on the desktop, runs a CentOS-based web server from home for his personal website and dabbles in all sorts of technology things across the Windows, Mac and open source worlds.

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