This cipher's too hard to solve by itself.

This short riddle provides sufficient help.

You must consult the fifth man;

He'll lend a hand,

And less information quite appropriate.


Good luck!

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    $\begingroup$ Well, this looks interesting. Welcome to Puzzling.SE and good luck! $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jul 25 '18 at 2:59
  • $\begingroup$ Hint: the fifth man is not very hospitable towards Windows users... $\endgroup$ – Nonny Moose Jul 29 '18 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ Something linefeed character related? $\endgroup$ – Todd Sewell Jul 30 '18 at 20:29
  • $\begingroup$ @ToddSewell No, something that Linux has had since forever but you'd be hard-pressed to access on Windows. $\endgroup$ – Nonny Moose Jul 31 '18 at 0:59
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    $\begingroup$ man(5) (the fifth man section on linux & others) is, apparently, on file formats and conventions. I couldn't remember anything in the fifth section off the top of my head, but things like 'gitignore' and 'crontab' are in it, apparently. $\endgroup$ – Persona Jul 31 '18 at 15:19

After some trial and error I got to this solution but I highly doubt this one is correct.

Solution "PuTTY"
I used the linux base64 decoding to get this one.
I tried to fiddle around with the less command but couldn't figure out if this is the right path to go down.
Any more hints? Edit: It looks like it has something todo with the magic and file command in Linux which belong to Section 5 of the man pages. But either my Linux is too old, RHEL isn't supposed to be used or i didnt find the right approach using the file command. I'm always running into Syntax or unexpected Token errors.

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  • $\begingroup$ Hint: base what? I thought base64 and base32 were the only ones! (It's not one of those) $\endgroup$ – Nonny Moose Jul 31 '18 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ Also, I think you'll need to consult man #5 soon afterwards. $\endgroup$ – Nonny Moose Jul 31 '18 at 13:22
  • $\begingroup$ Edited my answer $\endgroup$ – Creat0n Aug 1 '18 at 7:00

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