# Base what? Oh, great, now I need magic

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.

?/9f4iG0)z4jJ.Am&A+>9s.C2DXA:CDtAAc:AAE"j"&"C"8MBtIOFhUE@AuWuWs7[QOR7IGH7fuE|QbLQtzN?[/(_4_U^f@f{I37WQ]a!2GGd*YKth/.[5.w]V4@9W@kZ38[:M~O=t("iM@C


Good luck!

• Well, this looks interesting. Welcome to Puzzling.SE and good luck! – Chowzen Jul 25 '18 at 2:59
• Hint: the fifth man is not very hospitable towards Windows users... – Nonny Moose Jul 29 '18 at 15:52
• Something linefeed character related? – Todd Sewell Jul 30 '18 at 20:29
• @ToddSewell No, something that Linux has had since forever but you'd be hard-pressed to access on Windows. – Nonny Moose Jul 31 '18 at 0:59
• 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. – 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.

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