In The Linux Command Line, the author describes the
bash man page* as “the most brutal man page of them all.”
Many man pages are hard to read, but I think that the grand prize for difficulty has to go to the man page for
bash. As I was doing my research for this book, I gave it a careful review to ensure that I was covering most of its topics. When printed, it’s over 80 pages long and extremely dense, and its structure makes absolutely no sense to a new user.
On the other hand, it is very accurate and concise, as well as being extremely complete. So check it out if you dare, and look forward to the day when you can read it and it all makes sense.
* If you’re not familiar with Unix lingo, “man” stands for “manual”. Man pages are online documentation.