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NAME

       debmany  -  select  manpages or documentation files from installed packages, packages from
       the repository or .deb-files for viewing  using  "man"  resp.  "less"  or  an  alternative
       viewer.

SYNOPSIS

       debmany --help
       debmany [-v[v]] [-k|-g|-x] [-m manpageviewer] [-o otherviewer] [-L limit] [-l lang1[,...]]
       package|package.deb
       debmany [-v[v]] [-k|-g|-x] [-m manpageviewer] [-o otherviewer] [-L limit] [-l lang1[,...]]
       -z [package|package.deb]

DESCRIPTION

       Select  a manpage or files at /usr/share/doc from a debian package for viewing with "man",
       "less" or an alternative viewer. The list of files is displayed  in  a  dialog.  Supported
       locations  for  debian  packages  are:  Local  .deb-file, a package in the repository or a
       installed package.

       --help display a small help and exit

       -k     Display the manpage using your preferred viewer (must support .gz files) if you use
              KDE  -  this is the short form of -m 'kfmclient exec man:%s'. "kfmclient" is a part
              of the package "konqueror" (at least in Debian Etch).

       -g     Display the manpage using your preferred viewer (must support .gz files) if you use
              GNOME - this is the short form of -m 'gnome-open man:%s'. "gnome-open" is a part of
              the package "libgnome2-0" (at least in Debian Etch).

       -x     Display the manpage using your preferred viewer (must support .gz files) if you use
              KDE/GNOME/Xfce  -  this  is the short form of -m 'xdg-open man:%s'. "xdg-open" is a
              part of the package "xdg-utils" (at least in Debian Etch).

       -m manpageviewer
              Optionally set a manpage viewer. The viewer must support .gz files. You must define
              the  complete  request. "%s" gets replaced with the path to the manpage. If "%s" is
              missing " %s" is appended to the manpageviewer. The manpageviewer must be  enclosed
              with  ""  or '' - see examples.  If you use a graphical viewer you must ensure that
              you have access to your desktop (if necessary: sux or ssh with x-forwarding)

       -o otherviewer
              Optionally set a viewer for other files (/use/share/doc).

       -L limit
              If a file which must be downloaded exceeds the limit, you are asked if the download
              should  start.  Without  unit the value is in bytes. You can append K, M, G or T to
              the value to change the unit.

       -l lang1[,...]
              English manpages are displayed always. If you want more languages you  can  specify
              them  here.  Provide  a  comma  separated  list  of the folder names in the manpage
              folders (/usr/share/man) - e.g. de,fr or "zh*" if  you  want  to  see  all  Chinese
              manpages (Simplified and Traditional Chinese as well). It is safe always to use "*"
              at the end of your language.  During installation automatic generated character set
              based versions are not available for selection.

       -z     Zenity  (a  graphical dialog) is used to select the files and if necessary to enter
              the package name. You must  have  the  rights  to  start  X-programs.  This  option
              combined  with the parameters -k, -g, -x respectively -m and -o make it possible to
              use debmany without console.

       The manpages are temporarily extracted to /dev/shm (if the directory exists) or /tmp . You
       can override the path if you set and export the environment variable TMPDIR or set it as a
       temporary variable.

       You need to have the debian package "whiptail" (preferred) or "dialog" as well  as  "curl"
       installed.

EXAMPLES

       debmany coreutils
              Show all manpages from the installed debian package "coreutils" using man.

       debmany 3dchess
              Show  all  manpages  from  the package "3dchess" using man. Since it is not already
              installed the package is accessed from the repository - even downloading is done if
              needed.

       debmany test.deb
              Show all manpages from the local debian package "./test.deb" using man.

       debmany -k sc
              Use your preferred man-viewer (for KDE user).

       debmany -g sc
              Use your preferred man-viewer (for GNOME user).

       debmany -x sc
              Use your preferred man-viewer (for KDE/GNOME/Xfce user).

       debmany -z -k
              Uses "zenity" to select files and to enter the package name.

       TMPDIR=~/tmp debmany -m 'konqueror man:%s' sc
              Use ~/tmp as temporary folder and Konqueror as viewer.

       alias debmany='debmany -l de -L 5M -k'; debmany -m man -l "zh*" foo
              Set an alias with your preferred options and overwrite them if needed.

       vi /usr/local/bin/ask # after saving: chmod 755 ask
              #!/bin/dash
              read -p "program to use: " pgm
              eval $pgm "$1"

              debmany -o ask
              Every time you select other files from a package you will be asked which program to
              use.

AUTHOR

       Written by Michael Arlt.

LICENSE

       This is free software.  You may redistribute copies of it  under  the  terms  of  the  GNU
       General  Public  License <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>.  There is NO WARRANTY, to
       the extent permitted by law.