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· jesusaurus

Read the manpages

I see a lot of "protips" on here that are obvious if you read the manpages for commands you use routinely. Some of these "protips" can even be found with a simple --help argument (granted in some wonderful cases these are equivalent).

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So you tell me, that you read every man-page of every tool you use? I doubt that. Nobody really has time for that... And even if you got time for that, I don't think you can remember what that ittybitty switch for e.g. nmap was. Because it got like a gazillion switches and several thousand lines man-page content...

over 1 year ago ·
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@mkzero you are missing the point entirely. No I don't memorize every manpage ever. Why bother when I can just pull up the manpage? My point is that if you search a manpage -- maybe my protip should be that '/' searches manpages, or rather man knows a few vim commands -- before you search google, you might find your answer plus a few interesting facts first.

over 1 year ago ·