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To be used for inserting manual page links into articles on Unix topics.



In Out
{{man|3|printf||formatted output conversion}}


  1. Manual section
  2. Manual page name
  3. Source (the name of a subpage in the Template:Man namespace e.g. FreeBSD. Leave blank for the current default.)
  4. Page description
  5. Style parameter; currently inline omits the attribution.

Available sources

Please add to this table as you write new sources!

Source Example Result
default[1] {{man|1|ls}}
die.net {{man|1|ls|die.net}}
Version 6 Unix {{man|1|ls|v6}}
Version 7 Unix {{man|1|ls|v7}}
4.2BSD {{man|1|ls|4.2BSD}}
4.3BSD {{man|1|ls|4.3BSD}}
4.3BSD-Reno {{man|1|ls|4.3BSD-Reno}}
4.4BSD-Lite2 {{man|1|ls|4.4BSD-Lite2}}
9front {{man|1|ls|9front}}
Darwin {{man|1|ls|Darwin}}
Debian {{man|1|ls|Debian}}
man.cx {{man|8|iptables|man.cx|inline}}
DragonFly BSD {{man|1|ls|DragonFly BSD}}
FreeBSD {{man|1|ls|FreeBSD}}
HP-UX {{man|1|ls|HP-UX}}
Inferno {{man|1|ls|Inferno}}
IRIX {{man|1|ls|IRIX}}
BIND 9 {{man|1|named|BIND 9}}
Linux[2] {{man|7|epoll|Linux}}
ManKier[2] {{man|1|ls|ManKier}}
MirOS BSD {{man|1|ls|MirOS BSD}}
NetBSD {{man|1|ls|NetBSD}}
OpenBSD {{man|1|ls|OpenBSD}}
OpenSolaris {{man|1|ls|OpenSolaris}}
perldoc[3] {{man|1|perlrun|perldoc}}
Plan 9 {{man|1|ls|Plan 9}}
Solaris {{man|1|ls|Solaris}}
SUS[4] {{man|cu|ls|SUS}}
SUS6[4] {{man|sh|putmsg|SUS6}}
  1. Redirects to the current default
  2. 2,0 2,1 Note: this covers all sections, including section 1 of the Linux user's manual and sections 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of the Linux programmer's manual.
  3. Note: this is the official documentation included with Perl. It does not contain general manual pages.
  4. 4,0 4,1 Note: the SUS pages use a non-numerical chapter system. A simple mapping is in place for human comfort.

Other sources

Occasionally you will come across manual pages for which writing a source is overkill. In this case you can use Template:man/format directly with a URL for formatting:

In Out
{{man/format|1|dbx|http://.../dbx.1.html|source-level debugging tool|[[Sun Studio]] Developer's Manual}} dbx(1): source-level debugging tool – Sun Studio Developer's Manual

The interface of Template:man/format is therefore externally visible and needs to be kept constant.


Writing sources

A source takes three parameters:

  1. Manual section
  2. Manual page name
  3. Output selector:
    • attrib for attribution
    • url for URL to page
    • display_section for section to display in parentheses.

See Template:Man/die.net for an example; see Template:Man/FreeBSD for a demonstration of varying the attribution by manual section.


Template:man handles choosing the default source and calling it for URL and attribution; the default source is Template:man/default, which is a template redirect currently to Template:man/die.net. Template:man/format actually formats the link and descriptions into a nice-looking link+auxilia in Unix style.