From the Canyon Edge -- :-Dustin

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Introducing manpg.es -- an Ubuntu Manpage URL Shortener!


Three years ago today, I kicked off the Ubuntu Manpage Repository project with an RFC to the Ubuntu-Doc mailing list.  Millions of roff-to-html renderings and page views later, I'm really, really proud of the Ubuntu Manpage Repository!  It's such a convenient way to read traditional UNIX manual documentation, which may or may not be present on your local system.

Today, I would like to introduce manpg.es -- a URL shortener for Ubuntu manpages, for use in IRC, mail, wikis, microblogging, etc.  Inspired by Martin Pool's excellent pad.lv shortener for Launchpad, I hope you find this useful too!

Save yourself a few keystrokes, and try http://manpg.es/.  Perhaps you'd like to read about bash: http://manpg.es/bash, or maybe man, itself: http://manpg.es/man, or maybe you're just asking yourself wtf, http://manpg.es/wtf.

Note that the logic to guess which manpage you're looking for won't get it right every time, but it's usually pretty darn close.  Moreover, improvements are always welcome at lp:ubuntu-manpage-repository ;-)

Enjoy,
:-Dustin

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