Render man page in *temporary* PDF (works in Gnome)

man -t man | ps2pdf - temp.pdf; evince temp.pdf &> /dev/null &; sleep 3; rm temp.pdf
Yeah yeah, another "render man page in pdf", but this time it creates a temporary PDF that stays resident in memory for viewing, but is eliminated on the filesystem. Replace evince with your PDF viewer of choice.

By: threv
2011-12-08 17:40:47

What Others Think

Firstly, there is an error: after /dev/null there is "&;" which should only be "&". Secondly, why would anyone want to view manpages in pdf format? I can't think of any reason.
gitterrost4 · 528 weeks and 5 days ago
Why not just pipe the output to gedit? That's a much simpler command, still temporary, and I can't think of anything you can do with a pdf you can't do with text in gedit. And if you decide you need a pdf, you can print to a file from within gedit and get one.
fishbulb1022 · 528 weeks and 4 days ago
Readability of a PDF is pretty damned fine. Sometimes I want the man page in an easily printable, pretty, page oriented format like PDF. It's silly to ask why one would do this.
threv · 460 weeks and 6 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?

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