Two ways to read the man pages using a GUI instead of reading from the terminal:
- unity-scope-manpages: Ubuntu with Unity only. Shows the man page entries in the dash. To install:
$ sudo apt-get install unity-scope-manpages
- Yelp: the gnome default help file browser. However you can use it to read man pages. For example, to check ‘man 2 chmod’, run
$ yelp man:chmod 2
- xman: this is a old X11 utility. Installed by default on Ubuntu. Open xman using
$ xman -notopbox
Then select the section you need from the Sections tab. Once done go to Options tab ▸ Search and type in the term you want to look up.