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Convert "man page" to text file

Terminal - Convert "man page" to text file
man ls | col -b > ~/Desktop/man_ls.txt
2009-06-13 11:49:33
User: vigo
Functions: col ls man
13
Convert "man page" to text file

You can convert any UNIX man page to .txt

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Terminal - Alternatives
man -P cat ls > man_ls.txt
2009-07-27 13:09:24
User: alvinx
Functions: cat ls man
0

Output manpage as plaintext using cat as pager: man -P cat commandname

And redirect its stdout into a file: man -P cat commandname > textfile.txt

Example: man -P cat ls > man_ls.txt

man perlcheat | col -b > perlcheat.txt

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Also for a hardcopy of a man page use the -T option to man:

man -Tps ls > man_ls.ps

(for postscript)

Comment by bwoodacre 283 weeks and 6 days ago

Or simply type :

man -P cat <command>
Comment by sputnick 283 weeks and 5 days ago

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