In Unix, what is groff?
groff is the front-end for the groff
document formatting system. It usually runs the
program and a postprocessor
appropriate for the selected device. For a list of available devices,
at the Unix prompt, enter:
You can use
groff to properly read and format
man pages. If you attempt to view a file in one
of the man directories (e.g.,
cat command, the file will display in an
unformatted version. To use
groff to format the file
groff -t -man -Tascii filename.1 | more
filename.1 with the name of the file you are
trying to view.
To find out if
groff is installed on a Unix system, enter one of the following commands at the Unix prompt:
At Indiana University, for personal or departmental Linux or Unix systems support, see At IU, how do I get support for Linux or Unix?
Last modified on May 13, 2009.