Man pages are the extensive documentation for various programs, commands, libraries in Unix and Unix-like operating systems. They are divided by type into sections.

Sections
1 Executable programs or shell commands intro(1)
2 System calls (functions provided by the kernel) intro(2)
3 Library calls (functions within program libraries) intro(3)
4 Special files (usually found in /dev) intro(4)
5 File formats and conventions eg /etc/passwd intro(5)
6 Games intro(6)
7 Miscellaneous (including macro packages and conventions) intro(7)
8 System administration commands (usually only for root) intro(8)
9 Kernel routines [Non standard] intro(9)

More information at man(1).

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