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HOW WOULD YOU TYPICALLY INVOKE A "HELP" REQUEST ON SPECIFIC UNIX COMMANDS?
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robster
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ozoCommented:
man command
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chakfordCommented:
It honestly depends on your OS

The man command should be more-or-less ubiquitous.  It's syntax is along the lines of
    man <options> <command>

for a very thorough explanation of the command and its format, type "man man" at a command prompt, without the quotes.

On some Linux systems, man is no longer being updated in favor of a hypertext manual system.  (Who's name escapes me at the moment.  Sorry.)  But it is still there on every one I've come across.

Some AIX systems require a CD-ROM (with the man pages on it) be mounted to access their manual pages.

If the man pages are not available on your system, try researching the catman command.  This is the command typically used to format the man pages, and is worth reviewing, as it is also the command used to build the index for the man pages.  (searchable using the apropos command, or "man -k")
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