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Render man page in *temporary* PDF (works in Gnome)

Terminal - Render man page in *temporary* PDF (works in Gnome)
man -t man | ps2pdf - temp.pdf; evince temp.pdf &> /dev/null &; sleep 3; rm temp.pdf
2011-12-08 17:40:47
User: threv
Functions: man rm sleep
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Render man page in *temporary* PDF (works in Gnome)

Yeah yeah, another "render man page in pdf", but this time it creates a temporary PDF that stays resident in memory for viewing, but is eliminated on the filesystem.

Replace evince with your PDF viewer of choice.

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What others think

Firstly, there is an error: after /dev/null there is "&;" which should only be "&".

Secondly, why would anyone want to view manpages in pdf format? I can't think of any reason.

Comment by gitterrost4 180 weeks and 6 days ago

Why not just pipe the output to gedit? That's a much simpler command, still temporary, and I can't think of anything you can do with a pdf you can't do with text in gedit. And if you decide you need a pdf, you can print to a file from within gedit and get one.

Comment by fishbulb1022 180 weeks and 5 days ago

Readability of a PDF is pretty damned fine. Sometimes I want the man page in an easily printable, pretty, page oriented format like PDF. It's silly to ask why one would do this.

Comment by threv 113 weeks ago

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