openSUSE site Aligns with Upstream Documentation

8. Nov 2022 | Douglas DeMaio | CC-BY-SA-3.0

openSUSE site Aligns with Upstream Documentation

The history of documentation as it relates to operating systems and software development has a rich history that expands decades.

The founding of manual pages, or manpages for short, were a way to onboard new technology users at a time when household computers were nonexistent.

To gain knowledge of programs, standards, abstract concepts and conventions, a person needed computer access and to enter the man command to display documentation in a green text encoding standard about the computer program on the system.

Times and technology have changed, but the purpose of manpage hasn’t.

Users no longer need to install a package on their system to access a program’s documentation thanks to the openSUSE Project’s repository of manual pages at

There are a couple of different ways to use the manpages repository. People can browse the repository index, which features thousands of packages (curently 111,387), enter the package in the search or enter the /name of the package in the URL.

The manpages repository follow upstream manual pages in openSUSE Factory and translations are based on these upstream translation efforts for each software package.

Service for will improve and updates to each of the packages manpage will happen as new packages enter openSUSE Factory.

A link will soon be displayed on the project’s portal to all of openSUSE websites, user groups, social media accounts and more.

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