How to Install “man” Command on CentOS 5.8

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Man pages are a common way to learn the commands that are on your system. man is actually the system’s manual pager. The man command will give you all the details of a given command, including switches used, and syntax. man formats and displays the on-line manual pages. Each page argument given to man is normally the name of a program, utility or function.

If your server does not installed with man command, you will get this error when you run it :

[root@centos58 ~]# man chage
-bash: man: command not found

Simply run this command to install “man” command on linux CentOS 5.8.

[root@centos58 ~]# yum install man -y
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
 * base:
 * epel:
 * extras:
 * rpmforge:
 * updates:
CentOS5.8-Repository                                                         | 1.3 kB     00:00
Setting up Install Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package man.i386 0:1.6d-2.el5 set to be updated
--> Processing Dependency: groff >= 1.18 for package: man
--> Processing Dependency: bzip2 for package: man
--> Processing Dependency: nroff-i18n for package: man
--> Running transaction check
---> Package bzip2.i386 0:1.0.3-6.el5_5 set to be updated
---> Package groff.i386 0: set to be updated
--> Finished Dependency Resolution

Dependencies Resolved

 Package          Arch            Version                     Repository                       Size
 man              i386            1.6d-2.el5                  CentOS5.8-Repository            262 k
Installing for dependencies:
 bzip2            i386            1.0.3-6.el5_5               base                             49 k
 groff            i386               base                            1.9 M

Transaction Summary
Install       3 Package(s)
Upgrade       0 Package(s)

Total download size: 2.2 M
Downloading Packages:
(1/3): bzip2-1.0.3-6.el5_5.i386.rpm                                          |  49 kB     00:00
(2/3): groff-                                        | 1.9 MB     00:17
Total                                                                95 kB/s | 2.2 MB     00:23
Running rpm_check_debug
Running Transaction Test
Finished Transaction Test
Transaction Test Succeeded
Running Transaction
  Installing     : bzip2                                                                        1/3
  Installing     : groff                                                                        2/3
  Installing     : man                                                                          3/3

  man.i386 0:1.6d-2.el5

Dependency Installed:
  bzip2.i386 0:1.0.3-6.el5_5                      groff.i386 0:


Example of man usage :

[root@centos58 ~]# man chage

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