Linux: man page: text output, reading non-compressed man page, reading unformatted man page

By Xah Lee. Date: . Last updated: .

How to get text output of man page?

man ls | col -b

The “col -b” formats the man page to plain text. (It removes control chars. (Control chars are used to make text bold, etc.)).

How to read a non-compressed man page without the “man” command?

nroff -man | col -b

This is convenient when you need to read a man-page file once without adding the dir to your $MANPATH.

How to read a compressed man page without the “man” command?

cat n43921.1 | compress -cd - | nroff -man | col -b

How to read a unformatted man page?

nroff -man ftpshut.8

The “man” command is essentially

nroff -e -man file_name | more -s

Bash/Terminal Topic

  1. Bash Keys, Terminal Keys, Man Page Keys
  2. Bash Prompt Setup
  3. Bash Color Prompt
  4. .bashrc, .profile, .bash_profile
  5. Virtual Console
  6. Terminal Control Sequence Keys
  7. Reset Terminal
  8. tmux
  9. man page
  10. Bash Manual in Chapters
  11. BASH Shell Misc Tips
  12. Log Terminal Session

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