In Unix, how do I convert a manual page into a simple text file?
In Unix, the manual page sources are meant for conversion to a format compatible with various types of terminals, typesetters, or PostScript printers. Formatted manual pages contain control characters that produce underlining and boldface text (which is compatible with most terminals and printers).
If you wish to convert a man page to a normal text file, or
if you need to output the manual to a device that doesn't support
these codes (e.g., a simple line printer), try the following. From the
Unix prompt, enter:
man unix_command | col -bx > man_page_file.txt
unix_command with the relevant command. The
command strips out the backspace-underline and backspace-letter
sequences, so you should be able to print or otherwise manipulate
man_page_file.txt like any other ASCII text
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Last modified on August 22, 2008.