On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 01:07:35PM -0500, Lou Losee wrote: > * Gruessle <email@example.com> [2003-12-17 12:21]: > > > > Is there a way I can open man files in a text editor. > > I like to print one but have not configured my printer jet. > > So I will email it to my other pc. > > > Try man xxx | col -b > text-filename This actually should not work, you have to tell man(1) it should send the formatted manpage to stdout, instead of messing with the pager. Replace `foo' with the desired program name. $ man --pager cat foo | col -b > text-filename Getting rid of the Latin-1 characters comes handy when mailing the output, too. $ man --pager cat --ascii foo | col -b > text-filename Now we want the lines narrower than the default 80 characters (I guess this won't work if man(1) is connected to the terminal, so the pipe is vital here (that's why we use cat(1) as a pager--to force piping). $ env COLUMNS=70 man --pager cat --ascii foo | col -b > text-filename Finally, if you really want to mail it, without any further alterations, try this (I just love to make shell one-liners ;-)): $ env COLUMNS=70 man --pager cat --ascii foo | col -b | mail -s "Subject of your choice" firstname.lastname@example.org Cheers, Jan.
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