Read manpages without the man(1) command

zcat /usr/share/man/man1/man.1.gz | nroff -man | less
As odd as this may be, I know of servers where the man(1) command is not installed, and there is not enough room on / to install it. However, zcat(1), nroff(1) and less(1) are. This is a way to read those documents without the proper tool to do so, as sad as this may seem. :)

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By: atoponce
2011-09-07 01:13:57

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