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Old 05-07-2005, 01:53 AM   #1
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Question How to print Man Pages


How do I print Man pages?
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Old 05-07-2005, 01:57 AM   #2
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Well... I usually just send them to a file first...

man ls > lsmanpage.txt

I guess you could send it to your printer like this:

man ls > /dev/lp0

but that may not work on some printers unless you have an old DM printer.

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Old 05-07-2005, 02:32 AM   #3
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I used the same option u have given in your first example but got a bad formatting of the .txt file.

I used man fstab > mfstab.txt and the output is as follows :

FSTAB(5) Linux Programmer’s Manual FSTAB(5)



NNAAMMEE
fstab - static information about the filesystems

SSYYNNOOPPSSIISS
##iinncclluuddee <<ffssttaabb..hh>>

DDEESSCCRRIIPPTTIIOONN
The file ffssttaabb contains descriptive information about the various file
systems. ffssttaabb is only read by programs, and not written; it is the
duty of the system administrator to properly create and maintain this
file. Each filesystem is described on a separate line; fields on each
line are separated by tabs or spaces. Lines starting with ’#’ are com-
ments. The order of records in ffssttaabb is important because ffsscckk(8),
mmoouunntt(8), and uummoouunntt(8) sequentially iterate through ffssttaabb doing their
thing.

Now please guide me, how to proceed....

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Old 05-07-2005, 02:42 AM   #4
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hmm, this sounds oddly like a class assignment i had...
 
Old 05-07-2005, 02:52 AM   #5
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Try this in root:

man fstab | col -b > fstab.txt

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Old 05-07-2005, 03:21 AM   #6
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Yes, the problem has gone but not completely. MAN page includes a lot of single quote marks. In case of single quotes, there is still garbage letters.

Original fstab man page says...
For ordinary mounts it will hold (a link to) a block special device
node (as created by mknod(8)) for the device to be mounted, like
‘/dev/cdrom’ or ‘/dev/sdb7’. For NFS mounts one will have
<host>:<dir>, e.g., ‘knuth.aeb.nl:/’. For procfs, use ‘proc’.

Now the formatted output in the .txt file...
For ordinary mounts it will hold (a link to) a block special device
node (as created by mknod(8)) for the device to be mounted, like
‘/dev/cdrom’ or ‘/dev/sdb7’. For NFS mounts one will have
<host>:<dir>, e.g., ‘knuth.aeb.nl:/’. For procfs, use ‘proc’.


How to get rid off?

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Old 05-07-2005, 03:52 AM   #7
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To print man pages:
In this example, using tar man pages.

man -t tar | lpr -Pdraft

Print man pages for tar (will be formatted by troff or groff,
usually for PostScript)
Pipe to lpr
Send to printer <draft> [optional]. The command will
print to the default printer if given as:
man -t tar | lpr

===============================

To print info pages:
In this example, using tar info pages.

cp /usr/share/info/tar.info.gz /home/<user>

Copy the info page to another location to avoid breaking
your on-line documentation.

gunzip /home/<user>/tar.info.gz

After decompressing the file, use a2ps to convert to PostScript.

a2ps tar.info

This produces a PostScript formatted file called tar.info.
Open in your favorite editor and print from there.

===============================

To convert output to PDF format

man -t tar | ps2pdf > tar.pdf

===============================

I've tried info2html and didn't like the result.
 
Old 05-12-2005, 04:54 AM   #8
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What I do is use
man -Tdvi <topic> >topic.dvi
or
man -Tps <topic> >topic.ps
and print the .dvi or .ps file from ghostview.

Some distros don't have the -T option for man, but you can use -t instead.
man -t man >man.ps
kghostview man.ps

Last edited by jschiwal; 05-12-2005 at 04:57 AM.
 
Old 05-13-2005, 10:38 PM   #9
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I just used a similar method with the tex info pages for coreutils and bashref.

I needed to install the source package (rpm based)
Then I CDed to the SPECS directory and ran:
rpmbuild -bp bash.spec # This applies patches which might contain corrections
rpmbuild -bs bash.spec # This builds a new source package

Then in Midnight commander I opened the .src.rpm file created and copied the DOC directory to a working directory. After CDing to the DOC directory, I ran 'tex bashref.texi' to create a print worthy document 'bashref.dvi'.
 
  


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