Colorful man

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

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By: furicle
2010-01-04 18:35:42
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must love the vim'ness w00T!
linuxrawkstar · 437 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...
sputnick · 437 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' - ; }
bhepple · 437 weeks and 1 day ago

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