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How to ask a Linux command for help: 2-Minute Linux Tips

Network World | Jul 16, 2021

In this Linux tip, learn how to ask a Linux command for help. You can type the command you want to know about and then add --help. What the command should send back is an explanation of the command's options, maybe a usage example and something about the exit status.

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Hi, this is Sandra Henry-Stocker, author of the “Unix as a Second Language” blog on NetworkWorld.
In this Linux tip, we’re going to look at how you can ask a Linux command for help. It’s actually very easy to do. All you have to do is type the command you want to know about and then add --help. What the command should send back is an explanation of the command's options, maybe a usage example and something about the exit status.
Let’s look at a couple examples:
The information displayed is often the most useful things you will find in the man pages.
That’s your Linux tip for the --help option.
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