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when I type 'man any_topic> I get misaligned pages, plus some escape chars, such as 7m<80><99>word<7m<80><90>, are not interpreted by the terminal. I run RedHat(enterprise edition 4) with KDE's Konsole. The /etc/man.config file looks good to me (but what do I know?!), and I tried different setting for KDE Konsole to no avail. Plus every line in man displayed with a number, which is not normal plain 'man'. I guess there is some setting somewhere which twists the output. I'd be very thankful to anybody who has ideas.
I figured out my problem. The pager used for 'man' is 'less'. I looked at my environment variables and discovered that I have settings for LESSCHARSET='latin1', LESS='-i -N -w -z-4 -g -e -M -X -F -R' coming from my .bashrc file, which I acquired from the WEB while ago without really looking, tweaking and understanding portions which I don't use.
I commented out LESSCHARSET, and LESS and it solved the problem. Little things create huge problems!
(some say if Napoleon didn't have a cold he might have won Waterloo)
Thanks for the tips. Looking at the output of 'man -d some_command' gave me the idea.