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{{{2}}}({{{1}}}) – Linux Manual

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To be used for inserting manual page links into pages on Unix topics.



In Out
{{man|3|printf}} printf(3) – Linux Library Functions Manual
{{man|3|printf|||inline}} printf(3)
{{man|3|printf|FreeBSD}} printf(3) – FreeBSD Library Functions Manual
{{man|3|printf||formatted output conversion}} printf(3): formatted output conversion – Linux Library Functions Manual


  1. Manual section
  2. Manual page name
  3. Source (the name of a subpage in the Template:Man namespace e.g. FreeBSD. Leave blank for the current default.)
  4. Page description
  5. Style parameter; currently inline omits the attribution.

Available sources[edit]

Please add to this table as you write new sources!

Source Example Result
die.net[1] {{man|1|ls|die.net}} ls(1) – Linux User Commands Manual
default[2] {{man|1|ls}} ls(1) – Linux User Commands Manual
Darwin {{man|1|ls|Darwin}} ls(1) – Darwin and Mac OS X General Commands Manual
Debian {{man|1|ls|Debian}} ls(1) – Debian General Commands Manual
DragonFly {{man|1|ls|DragonFly BSD}} ls(1) – DragonFly General Commands Manual
FreeBSD {{man|1|ls|FreeBSD}} ls(1) – FreeBSD General Commands Manual
HP-UX {{man|1|ls|HP-UX}} ls(1) – HP-UX 11i User Commands Manual
IRIX {{man|1|ls|IRIX}} ls(1) – IRIX 6.5 User Commands Manual
Linux[3] {{man|7|epoll|Linux}} epoll(7) – Linux Programmer's Manual – Overview, Conventions and Miscellanea
LinuxManPages {{man|1|ls|LinuxManPages}} ls(1) – Linux General Commands Manual on linuxmanpages.com
MirOS BSD {{man|1|ls|MirOS BSD}} ls(1) – MirOS BSD i386 General Commands Manual
NetBSD {{man|1|ls|NetBSD}} ls(1) – NetBSD General Commands Manual
OpenBSD {{man|1|ls|OpenBSD}} ls(1) – OpenBSD General Commands Manual
Plan 9 {{man|1|ls|Plan 9}} ls(1) – Plan 9 General Commands Manual
SUS {{man|cu|ls|SUS}} ls – Commands & Utilities Reference, The Single UNIX® Specification, Issue 7 from The Open Group
Solaris {{man|1|ls|Solaris}} ls(1) – Solaris 10 User Commands Reference Manual
Inferno {{man|1|ls|Inferno}} ls(1) – Inferno General commands Manual
perldoc[4] {{man|1|perlrun|perldoc}} perlrun(1) – Perl Programming Documentation
  1. Current default
  2. Redirects to the current default
  3. Note: this is the Linux programmer's manual. It contains manual pages primarily from sections 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7, and does not cover the usual GNU user utilities.
  4. Note: this is the official documentation included with Perl. It does not contain general manual pages.

Other sources[edit]

Occasionally you will come across manual pages for which writing a source is overkill. In this case you can use Template:man/format directly with a URL for formatting:

In Out
{{man/format|1|dbx|http://.../dbx.1.html|source-level debugging tool|[[Sun Studio]] Developer's Manual}} dbx(1): source-level debugging tool – Sun Studio Developer's Manual

The interface of Template:man/format is therefore externally visible and needs to be kept constant.


Writing sources[edit]

A source takes three parameters:

  1. Manual section
  2. Manual page name
  3. Output selector:
    • attrib for attribution
    • url for URL to page
    • display_section for section to display in parentheses.

See Template:Man/die.net for an example; see Template:Man/FreeBSD for a demonstration of varying the attribution by manual section.


Template:man handles choosing the default source and calling it for URL and attribution; the default source is Template:man/default, which is a template redirect currently to Template:man/die.net. Template:man/format actually formats the link and descriptions into a nice-looking link+auxilia in Unix style.