Create a pdf version of a manpage

man -t manpage | ps2pdf - filename.pdf
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 :-)

53
By: TetsuyO
2010-12-19 22:40:18

1 Alternatives + Submit Alt

What Others Think

Very nice.
RanyAlbeg · 391 weeks and 1 day ago
Awesome!
seattlegaucho · 391 weeks 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.
dennisw · 391 weeks ago
@dennisw: you're right, I'll correct the command :-)
TetsuyO · 391 weeks ago
very nice idea A quick tweak to add in .bashrc man2pdf () { man -w $1 && man -t $1 | ps2pdf - $1.pdf; }
forcefsck · 390 weeks and 4 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

You must be signed in to comment.

What's this?

commandlinefu.com is the place to record those command-line gems that you return to again and again. That way others can gain from your CLI wisdom and you from theirs too. All commands can be commented on, discussed and voted up or down.

Share Your Commands



Stay in the loop…

Follow the Tweets.

Every new command is wrapped in a tweet and posted to Twitter. Following the stream is a great way of staying abreast of the latest commands. For the more discerning, there are Twitter accounts for commands that get a minimum of 3 and 10 votes - that way only the great commands get tweeted.

» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu3
» http://twitter.com/commandlinefu10

Subscribe to the feeds.

Use your favourite RSS aggregator to stay in touch with the latest commands. There are feeds mirroring the 3 Twitter streams as well as for virtually every other subset (users, tags, functions,…):

Subscribe to the feed for: