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Old 03-23-2003, 06:22 AM   #1
SolarDegree
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Question Linux MAN Pages in PDF format


Does anyone know where I might be able to find a Linux MAN Page collection in PDF format? One might ask, “why in PDF?” Well, I’ll tell you why, for a number of reasons.

First, I have many Linux Books with a wealth of knowledge, however, most discuss reading MAN pages along with the HOWTOs and the News Groups before even mentioning how to install Linux; so the end user is stuck in a recursive cycle of: “I can’t install Linux till I’ve read some MAN pages, but I can’t read MAN pages until I install Linux.”

You say, “There are other ways of accessing the MAN Pages; online, html, from Installation CDs, Books, etc.” You’re absolutely right! However the simple rebuttal to this is not everyone has access to these resources that many so commonly take for granted. Some people struggle financially or are restricted to primitive technology or have no on-line means, or perhaps can’t even obtain Installation Discs for this reason or that.

Secondly, I’m in the process of compiling a CD with a bunch of resources and cool stuff for Linux newbies. Including; HOWTOs (in different formats), GUIDEs (in different formats), MAN Pages (hopefully, in different formats), BOOKs, Pictures (such as the hot linux chicks, most commonly found all over the internet), ASCII ART (such as TUX the Penguin), the LINUX SWITCH FLASH animation, and a whole lot more… It’s my small way to contribute to the community and at the same time learn, not to mention having a wonderful Resource CD handy ;-)

Third, It would just plain be cool. Imagine being able to transport the MAN pages on your Palm Pilot to review while away from the computer. Or simply knowing the fact that you have access to the rare distribution of the MAN Pages as a whole (believe me, I know, did a ton of Google Searching.)

Fourth, personal reasons. Does everything have to have a reason… ?

Anyhow, if someone comes across a compilation of the Linux MAN Pages in PDF format or if they are willing to compile such a collection on their own, then I would appreciate it if that person would notify me via e-mail: rkm@arn.net or even POST a response in this forum/newsgroup.

Thanx in Advance,
Ryan \ SolarDegree \ nerpoc
 
Old 03-23-2003, 06:38 AM   #2
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For someone so obsessed with documentation I'm surprised you didn't take the time to read the LinuxQuestions user guidelines when you signed up.

Please don't double post.
 
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Old 03-23-2003, 06:54 AM   #4
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Sorry Everyone, I was sorta in a hurry signing up with multiple Forums, Newsgroups, etc. before I caught some shut eye and I guess I didn't review the policies very well. My apollogies, I won't double post in the future... Again, I'm teribly sorry...
 
Old 03-23-2003, 07:04 AM   #5
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Another hard lesson learned.

Welcome to LQ!

AS for the question - offhand I don't know where to find the man pages in pdf, but I'm pretty sure you can get the HowTo collection in pdf format.

There are tools to create pdf documents such as 'html2pdf'. Google for it if you can't find it on your local system. Or type 'man html2pdf' (i couldn't resist).
 
Old 03-23-2003, 01:01 PM   #6
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Thank you for everyone's responses, let me clarify a few things though.

First, Everyone assumes that I'm running Linux, at the moment I am not. Let me explain: I am an obsessive compulsive and before I start diving into the Linux world I would like to gather and organize all my resources so it makes the information easier to digest in large portions.

Second (Perhaps most important), I do not have intentions to convert all MAN pages one at a time, there are 2 reasons for this:

1. It's obviously time consuming.
2. I wouldn't know what to apply to the man page search (man ?????.??? ) (I don't know the commands nor do I have a list of them to do a search on each one, to cover them all.)

Instead I would like to be able to convert ALL man pages in one go. If there was a command to perform to show a display of all man pages; then I could perhaps issue a command similar to: "man [all] > manuals.txt" through my shell account in a telnet session and then FTP the results back to my local computer. {I could settle for 'plain text'.}

Third, I have checked the standard resources such as Goggling and the "Linux Documentation Project" along with a numerous amount of other resources. While Goggling, I performed strict searches and broad searches, I searched over thousands of pages, I even used the "http://www.google.com/linux" front-end. I realize how important it is to do a bit of research and check other resources before asking questions in here. Most of what I've come across isn't very helpful, with me not currently running linux (see above) and me being a newbie (look below) and all.

Fourth, I am a newbie, and as such, I am unfamiliar enough with Linux to pass it system commands or write scripts to do my biding; that's what the "man pages" are for, to give me a little help and to point me in the right direction. ;-)

I hope this helps everyone in coming up with a solution for me. And thanks again to those who've already replyed to my original post; your information will be noted. Thanx again for being such a wonderful community.
 
  


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