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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 432 weeks and 6 days 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 432 weeks and 6 days 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 432 weeks and 4 days ago

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

Comment by Phlogiston 431 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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