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Match command-line arguments to their help.

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What is explainshell?

Get details on arguments for commandline tools through explainshell's sleek, web-based interface. The web app is totally free and source code is available for download through GitHub.

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  • Developed byIdan Kamara
  • LicensingOpen Source (GPL-3.0) and Free product.
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An easier way to understand or remember command line flags than man pages.

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Functionally the same as TLDR pages though doesn't appear to be as actively developed.

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  • help-tool
  • Reference
  • command-line-shell

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