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Status Not under consideration
Workspace IBM i
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 18, 2016

PASE needs the MAN command and MAN pages for all commands

In IBM i we have very nice help capabilities for all commands. But when using PASE or QShell, we do not have the AIX "man" command or the "man pages" available.

This means we need to resort to searching the internet, IBM web pages for AIX, the Knowledge Center, etc. , to find the syntax and arguments for any AIX commands we might want to use in PASE or Qshell.

This is very inconvenient.

Use Case:

When working in a Unix-style shell such as QShell or PASE, we would normally expect to find help for commands in the form of "MAN PAGES" accessible via the "man" command. Sadly, PASE (QP2TERM) and QShell do not currently provide this capability.

IBM should be able to easily port the AIX man pages and the man command to run in PASE and the same functionality should also be made available in Qshell.

When working in Qshell or PASE, it really slows down progress when we must go open a browser to search for command syntax etc. using the IBM AIX Knowledge Center, when this information could be made readily available, as it is when working in the "real" AIX shell(s).

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Apr 11, 2017

    Unfortunately, we will not be delivering man pages for existing PASE functions. However, as we deliver more tools in the future, we will consider adding man page support or them.

  • Guest
    Feb 6, 2017

    Would certainly enhance productivity to have the ability to use man pages within QShell or PASE.

  • Guest
    Dec 22, 2016

    I second that statement by Michael_Quigley. For instance, the grep command on IBM i in PASE operates very differently than it does on every other platform (as it relates to searching subdirectories). That is still very confusing to me and it has taken quite a long time to find the reality behind the scenes - it sounds like the command in PASE will not be upgraded anytime soon. Have a local MAN would be extremely helpful.

  • Guest
    Dec 21, 2016

    What makes opening a browser and searching even more inconvenient is that you can find a different version of the *nix-like command where the options, flags, or whatever are not supported in PASE or QShell.