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Open up a man page as PDF (#OSX)

Terminal - Open up a man page as PDF (#OSX)
function man2pdf(){ man -t ${1:?Specify man as arg} | open -f -a preview; }
2009-02-16 18:29:35
User: piXelz
Functions: as man
Open up a man page as PDF (#OSX)

Simply pass an argument to the script to convert the manual page to a PDF:

man2pdf drutil


There are 15 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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What others think

I think is more useful if just use this like:

man -t YOUR_COMMAND | open -f -a preview

and this just work on Mac OS.

Comment by ElAlecs 401 weeks and 3 days ago

It's a function on my system because I find it's easier to remember this way (to each their own). I also commented (OSX) in the subject line in an attempt to be specific that this was for OSX only. Thanks for your feedback though.

Comment by piXelz 401 weeks and 3 days ago

this is awesome

Comment by katylava 401 weeks and 3 days ago

For a Gnome (linux) compatible version, try

TF=`mktemp` && man -t YOUR_COMMAND >> $TF && gnome-open $TF

I don't know how to get gnome-open to accept std in

Should be doable in KDE too (Anyone?)

Comment by furicle 401 weeks and 1 day ago

For KDE:

man -t COMMAND | okular -

Thanks, this is great :)

Comment by spatz 391 weeks and 5 days ago

furicle's tmp file version works here on Ubuntu. Awesome tip!

Comment by hank 391 weeks and 5 days ago

On Fedora 12, this seems to work better:

function man2pdf(){ man -t ${1:?Specify man as arg} | ps2pdf -dCompatibility=1.3 - - > ${1}.pdf; }

Comment by SuperFly 360 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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