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Create a pdf version of a manpage

Terminal - Create a pdf version of a manpage
man -t manpage | ps2pdf - filename.pdf
2010-12-19 22:40:18
User: TetsuyO
Functions: man
Create a pdf version of a manpage

Quick and dirty version. I made a version that checks if a manpage exists (but it's not a oneliner). You must have ps2pdf and of course Ghostscript installed in your box.

Enhancements appreciated :-)


There are 2 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
man -t awk | ps2pdf - awk.pdf
2011-11-23 01:40:23
User: kev
Functions: awk man
Tags: ps2pdf

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Very nice.

Comment by RanyAlbeg 268 weeks and 5 days ago


Comment by seattlegaucho 268 weeks and 4 days ago

Of course you know that positional parameters don't normally work like that at the command line. You could do

set -- filename

of course, but you'd probably prefer

man -t filename | ps2pdf - filename.pdf

unless you put it in a function or script. Note also that you need to have Ghostscript installed.

Comment by dennisw 268 weeks and 4 days ago

@dennisw: you're right, I'll correct the command :-)

Comment by TetsuyO 268 weeks and 4 days ago

very nice idea

A quick tweak to add in .bashrc

man2pdf () { man -w $1 && man -t $1 | ps2pdf - $1.pdf; }
Comment by forcefsck 268 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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