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Re: [Groff] Unix Man Pages

From: Ralph Corderoy
Subject: Re: [Groff] Unix Man Pages
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2003 12:12:41 +0000

Hi Colin,

> > > I noticed man pages often wrap to the width of the terminal.  Can
> > > I set the line width somehow by stuffing the right number into
> > > some environment variable?
> > 
> > Not if you want it to be portable.
> For Unix in general this is true. If you're on a recentish GNU/Linux
> distribution then MANWIDTH should work; it's supported compatibly by
> both man implementations.

I agree about MANWIDTH.  But John did ask for a `cross *nix way' and
there's enough Unixes about to have one that doesn't support MANWIDTH.



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