Colorful man

apt-get install most && update-alternatives --set pager /usr/bin/most
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:

By: aurium
2010-01-04 14:13:55

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  • 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' -

    /usr/bin/man man | /usr/bin/col -b | /usr/bin/iconv -c | view -c 'set ft=man nomod nolist nospell nonu
    furicle · 2010-01-04 18:35:42 3

What Others Think

Great! :D
Gomex · 615 weeks and 2 days ago
If you don't want to set most as the default pager using alternatives, you can put this in your ~/.bashrc export MANPAGER=most
dennisw · 614 weeks and 6 days ago
Sorry, going from less to most was just not intuitive. It does not retain the standard "vi" moving around / search features.
Buzzcp · 614 weeks and 1 day ago
Alternately, if you set the LESS_TERMCAP series of variables to something like this... export LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\E[01;31m' export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\E[01;31m' export LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\E[0m' export LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\E[0m' export LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\E[01;44;33m' export LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\E[0m' ...and set LESS=-R (I personally recommend -iFRX, but only -R is germane here), less will colorize manpages.
escondida · 509 weeks and 5 days ago

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