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MANWIDTH=70 man 7 man
2012-01-13 19:42:30
User: escondida
Functions: man
Tags: man bashrc
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Typographically speaking, it's generally the [accepted wisdom][1] that about 60 characters per line makes for optimal reading (would that more Web pages followed this convention!). I know I got tired of reading manpages with text as wide as my screen! However, the command above sets manwidth to 70 rather than 60 because paragraphs in manpages are generally indented.

I recommend the following snippet for your .${SHELL}rc, which sets manwidth to 70 unless your terminal is smaller than 70 characters:

function man () {

if [[ $COLUMNS -gt 70 ]]; then

MANWIDTH=70 command man $*

else

command man $*

fi

}

[1]: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Column_(typography)