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A function to output a man page as a pdf file

Terminal - A function to output a man page as a pdf file
function man2pdf(){ man -t ${1:?Specify man as arg} | ps2pdf -dCompatibility=1.3 - - > ${1}.pdf; }
2009-11-27 12:49:49
User: SuperFly
Functions: as man
A function to output a man page as a pdf file

Tested on Fedora 12. This function will take a man page and convert it to pdf, saving the output to the current working directory. In Gnome, you can then view the output with "gnome-open file.pdf", or your favorite pdf viewer.


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frigging awesome =) when i ran it:

man2pdf wget

it created the pdf, but i also got this in the console:

/usr/share/groff/1.20.1/tmac/ps.tmac:689: can't find macro file `europs.tmac'

any significance?

Comment by nickleus 305 weeks ago

Take the entire text of that message and Google it. You will see some links to bug reports on Debian and other things:


Subject: /usr/share/groff/1.20.1/tmac/ps.tmac:689: can't find macro file `europs.tmac'

Package: groff-base

Version: 1.20.1-5

Severity: minor

When I do "man -t resize2fs > /dev/null" I get the error message in the Subject line. "Thre is, indeed no file by that name in the /usr filesystem. Nor can it be

found with "dpkg-query --search eruops"."

Not sure what the fix would be. Good Luck!

Comment by SuperFly 305 weeks ago

I prefer this one.

if [ $# -eq 1 ] ; then

to_pdf=$(which ps2pdf)

if [ -z "$to_pdf" ] ; then

to_pdf=$(which pstopdf)



case "$to_pdf" in

*pstopdf) man -t "$name" | "$to_pdf" -i -o "$fname.pdf" ;;

*ps2pdf) man -t "$name" | "$to_pdf" - "$name.pdf" ;;

*) man -t "$name" > "$fname.ps"


exit $?


echo "Wrong number of parameters"

exit 1

Comment by thebillywayne 304 weeks and 6 days ago

This is cool, but would it be possible to get the colors into the pdf as well?

Comment by Phlogiston 304 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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