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Colorful man

Terminal - Colorful man
/usr/bin/man man | /usr/bin/col -b | /usr/bin/iconv -c | view -c 'set ft=man nomod nolist nospell nonu
2010-01-04 18:35:42
User: furicle
Functions: man
Colorful man

Colourful with vim regex finding goodness!

Replace the 'man' with the page to be looked up.

I actually have as a function in my .profile

function vman {

/usr/bin/man $* | /usr/bin/col -b | /usr/bin/iconv -c | view -c 'set ft=man nomod nolist nospell nonu' -


There are 3 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
apt-get install most && update-alternatives --set pager /usr/bin/most
2010-01-04 14:13:55
User: aurium
Functions: apt install

That command installs "most" and make this command as the default man reader. The "most" works like "less" (the current man reader), but it render colors for manpages and may do more things. Read "man most".

You can see a preview here: http://www.dicas-l.com.br/dicas-l/20090718.php

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What others think

must love the vim'ness w00T!

Comment by linuxrawkstar 342 weeks and 4 days ago

I had adapted your snippet :

man(){ /usr/bin/man $1 | vim - -c 'set ft=man nomod nolist nospell nonu'; }

But now when I do

man -k pattern

Things mess up...

Comment by sputnick 342 weeks and 3 days ago

This is a good idea but messed up with syntax errors. Firstly - sputnick - your problem is redefining 'man' and you're not using 'col -b' to remove backspaces.

Second, iconv has no '-c' option (on my fedora linux-12 system, at least). Perhaps that's for another OS. If you have problems with character set encoding you might want to use LC_ALL=C - hmmmm, I think I'll put that up as a new command!!

Thirdly, there's a missing closing apostrophe and hyphen on the title line.

Fourthly, 'view' on my system points to 'vi' not to 'vim'.

This one works for me (but I still like the 'most' alternative better if only because it does a better job of colourising the output!!):

vman(){ /usr/bin/man $* | /usr/bin/col -b | vim -c 'set ft=man nomod nolist nospell nonu' - ; }
Comment by bhepple 342 weeks and 2 days ago

Your point of view

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