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Old 12-21-2013, 02:53 PM   #1
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seeking desktop app or GUI for reading 'man pages'


I read 'man pages' for fun (grin) and profit.

I know that I can open an x-terminal to some shell and launch the man-page reader:
Code:
     prompt$  man {whatever}
I know about xman, but it has been around since the 70's and looks like it is the original implementation.

Is there some recent desktop application or GUI such that I can read man pages without the need to open a terminal and shell?
 
Old 12-21-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Konqueror works for man pages.

man:///whateverpage should work.
 
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Have you tried
Code:
info
man, less works well on some OSs, sorry I don't know of many other than Bash like man2html check: /usr/share/man/man1 (to /man8 here;), Gman, Emacs (+ a plugin if I remember corectly) also, online has a sea of spots... maybe, or? Best wishes and have fun.
 
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The man pages are available on the web, and you can read them in any browser.
 
Old 12-21-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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xman, part of the good old X windows and probably already installed on your computer.
i don't know how to use it though, not as straightforward as typing "man someapp".
 
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:51 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jamison20000e View Post
Have you tried
Code:
info
man,
The info sub-system presents more and different information than does the man sub-system. Quoting:
Code:
prompt$ info info

   The GNU Project distributes most of its on-line manuals in the "Info
format", which you read using an "Info reader".  You are probably using
an Info reader to read this now.

   There are two primary Info readers: `info', a stand-alone program
designed just to read Info files (*note What is Info?: (info-stnd)Top.), and the `info' package in GNU Emacs, a general-purpose editor.
I use both the command-line and the Emacs package. Launching Emacs to access info or man information is substantially similar to launching a shell in a terminal.

Cheers,
~~~ 0;-Dan
 
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I found the following application TkMan. I has the following description:

TkMan is a super-charged reader which can access and search your man-pages in a variety of useful ways, and then display them in a nicely-formatted and very configurable fashion. Here is a sampling of what TkMan can do:
  • Any man-page mentioned in another page serves as a hyper-text link, giving man-page reading something of the flavor of HTML browsing.
  • The section headers of a page can be collapsed into an outline, making it easy to get a feel for the contents and organization of the page.
  • Hyper-linked listings of each category of man-page (such as User Commands or Games), as well as a listing of new and recently added pages.
  • A listing of often-accessed pages can be created, and "virtual volumes" of pages can be set up, if you'd like to have several scattered pages accessible as a new volume or category.
  • Integration with the apropos and whatis commands.
  • There is an entry field in the main window which allows you to enter text-strings or regular expressions and search for them in the displayed page.
  • If you have the Glimpse indexing and search facility installed, TkMan can use its services for powerful searches of man-page text.
  • If you are either bored or in the mood for a little aleatory learning, there is a menu-button which will cause a random man-page to be displayed.
  • When starting up, TkMan reports on any faults it finds in your man-page and man-path set-up.
  • Configurable display colors and fonts.
This might just do the trick.

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I will have to check it out looks cool for off line man use... Arc views them fairly well, nothing like the web or TkMan (from the looks of it.)
 
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searching for tkman, i just found gtkman.
but, after 5min, i could not get it to display anything on my system.
 
Old 12-22-2013, 03:12 PM   #11
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searching for tkman, i just found gtkman.
but, after 5min, i could not get it to display anything on my system.
I found and installed gtkman v0.6. As 'ondoho' said, "... could not get ... display ..." This is true if you try something like:
Code:
     prompt$ gtkman gtkman
It turns out that while traditional man will search all sections for the command line item, gtkman seems to require an explicit section option input.
Code:
     prompt$ gtkman 1 gtkman   # sect-1 has basic user commands
I got this far after a very few minutes of playing. I'll (blush, grin) read the python code and see if I can discover missing configuration options or similar.

Cheers,
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Yes, a search on Google for: tkman site:ftp.cs.berkeley.edu/ucb/people/ got nill but did find it at SF: http://sourceforge.net/projects/tkman/; so far I'm stuck on
Code:
$ tkman man
/usr/local/bin/tkman: 3: exec: /usr/local/bin/wish8.4: not found
and will have to play with it later...
 
Old 12-23-2013, 11:29 AM   #13
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I wrote to the gtkman author, George Vlahavas and got a super-prompt reply (especially for this time of year). He suggested that I try a revised edition gtkman v0.7.

The new edition works as expected:
Code:
     prompt$ gtkman {keyword}
properly searches all man-page sections and displays the first {keyword} content it finds. This is similar to the behavior of traditional man.

As a programmer, it is easy to see things that might be different. REMEMBER -- It is still a zero-dot-something edition. However, gtkman will become a permanent addition to my tool belt.

Joyeaux Noel,
~~~ *<:-}( )( )// Dan
 
  


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