Open up a man page as PDF (#OSX)

function man2pdf(){ man -t ${1:?Specify man as arg} | open -f -a preview; }
Simply pass an argument to the script to convert the manual page to a PDF: man2pdf drutil

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By: piXelz
2009-02-16 18:29:35

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.
ElAlecs · 501 weeks 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.
piXelz · 501 weeks ago
this is awesome
katylava · 501 weeks 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?)
furicle · 500 weeks and 6 days ago
For KDE: man -t COMMAND | okular - Thanks, this is great :)
spatz · 491 weeks and 3 days ago
furicle's tmp file version works here on Ubuntu. Awesome tip!
hank · 491 weeks and 3 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; }
SuperFly · 460 weeks and 4 days ago

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