On  Fri, 9 Jun 2006 15:28:07 -0400 , Charles Swiger wrote:
On Jun 9, 2006, at 3:01 PM, Wayne wrote:
Was wondering how to get "man" to output pages in plain text? I want the basic formating (indentation & whatnot) but NOT the bold and other special effects. Just ascii text I can grep through. I tried setting the terminal type to "dumb" and the stupid thing still tries to do back-space overstrike bolding (jeesh - even LA-120s had fancier print capabilities than that, IIRC.)
        The easiest way to do it, I believe, is with  col .  (Just try 'man
col' to check all the options.)  I have used 'man  topic  |  col -b' to
see the man page for  topic  with all the egregious stuff removed, and
I just append to the pipeline '>topic.man' if I want to save it.

Or, e.g.:

gzcat /usr/share/man/man1/man.1.gz | nroff -man -Tascii | colcrt

Man is just calling nroff (unless there's a pre-cat-ed page).


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