I want to provide URL links to man page content at apple.com as an authoritative source of information. Describing and quoting the local man page is awkward.

Does Apple provide man pages on the web?

  • Each release of OS X already contains local copies of manual pages for command line programs, so there is no need to point elsewhere and why Apple no longer maintains a set of pages for each release at their web site. – user3439894 May 25 '16 at 1:35
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    It's useful to have them on a website for linking to programmers who use other operating systems. Also a company the size of Apple could have them up on their site with basically no effort. – Lassi Apr 30 at 17:43

Yes, Apple provides these pages online, for example: https://developer.apple.com/legacy/library/documentation/Darwin/Reference/ManPages/man1/ls.1.html for the ls command.

Source: Dr Drang

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    That link contains the word “legacy”, and addresses old version of Mac OS X. I could not find up-to-date editions of that site. – Basil Bourque May 25 '16 at 1:07
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    I don't know what might be out of date -- that's the issue. The pages clearly say in large font at the top This manual page is for Mac OS X version 10.9. The very top bar on the page says “Retired Documents Library”. And “legacy” in the IT industry definitely is a euphemism for "out-dated, no longer recommended or applicable". So while this site may be better than nothing, it is certainly not good for current discussions. I do appreciate your posting, I just wish there were up-to-date and specific-version editions of the man pages on the web. – Basil Bourque May 25 '16 at 2:54
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    @samh Hi, this URL is dead now – SebMa Jun 29 '18 at 9:52
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    It appears Apple took down that section of their site... any new locations? – 0xF2 Jul 14 '18 at 22:27
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    @0xF2 You can access old versions on archive.org, but Apple stopped updating them around OS X 10.9. – Zenexer Jan 7 at 9:14

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