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Re: [Groff] Unix Man Pages

From: J Robinson
Subject: Re: [Groff] Unix Man Pages
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2003 15:00:47 -0800 (PST)

--- Alejandro Lopez-Valencia <address@hidden>
> At 10:05 a.m. 07/03/2003 -0800, J Robinson wrote:
> >Suppose I had a list of pathnames to a system's man
> >pages (like /usr/lib/perl5/man/man3/POSIX.3.gz,
> >/usr/man/man3/mitem_visible.3x, etc.) What would be
> a
> >good cross *nix way to convert them to ascii?
> Assuming you use groff 1.18.x, does
> $ export GROFF_NO_SGR=1
> $ man -c 3 mitem_visible | col -b >
> mitem_visible_3.txt
> work for you?

The big problem with this approach is that 'man -c 3
mitem_visible' could specify more than one man page
(say, one in /usr/man and one in /usr/share). Also,
not every man command supports the '-c' option.

> >Any tips on how to approach this in a
> *nix-independent
> >manner (while still retaining man page formatting)
> are
> >most welcome.
> Huh!? You lost me there.

I meant something that converts it to ASCII but
retains some of it's manpage-like formatting.

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