Ubuntu Linux install development / system library functions man pages (manual)

by on July 30, 2007 · 8 comments· LAST UPDATED July 30, 2007

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I’m little surprised to find that Ubuntu Linux skips development man pages by default. A quick search using apt-cache pointed out to manpages-dev package. It includes manual pages about using GNU/Linux for development.

Install development man pages

Use apt-get command:
$ sudo apt-get install manpages-dev
To view library calls (functions within program libraries), enter:
$ man 3 function-name
$ man 3 putc

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1 Pankaj August 10, 2007 at 10:06 am

hey thanks for this help


2 masheekasalam June 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

they r asking what is ur sudo password


3 SteveC October 20, 2007 at 3:09 am

Gutsy Gibbon:

root@zuul:~# apt-get install manpages-dev
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Package manpages-dev is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
E: Package manpages-dev has no installation candidate


This linux not windows. No man pages? Completely unacceptable.


4 nixCraft October 20, 2007 at 5:30 am


I just installed the same, w/o problem.


5 Peter January 17, 2009 at 7:54 am

The same problen I’m facing which Gutsy wrote.


6 Angelo Borsotti September 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm

However, the manpage-dev are not compete either:

$ man sigwait
No manual entry for sigwait

I have tries to find out where these manpages are, but have not found them yet.


7 Angelo Borsotti September 18, 2009 at 2:10 pm

Found: man sigwait is in:

sudo apt-get install manpages-posix-dev


8 Frank April 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

exactly the tip that I needed. thanks!


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