Recipe 1.5. Reading man Pages Without a man Viewer
working on a system that is seriously messed up, and you
can't read man pages because the man viewer
Try reading the raw man page with
zcat and nroff:
$ zcat /usr/man/man1/cat.1.gz | nroff -man | less
As a last resort, read the raw page code with
$ zless /usr/man/man1/cat.1.gz
.\" DO NOT MODIFY THIS FILE! It was generated by help2man 1.32.
.TH CAT "1" "July 2003" "cat (coreutils) 5.0" "User Commands"
cat \- concatenate files and print on the standard output
It's not pretty, but it works.
nroff is a wrapper for
groff, for formatting man pages.
groff is a document-formatting, or typesetting,
program. It enables you to create many differently formatted
documents from a single source file: HTML, .pdf,
printed hard copies, info pages, and many more. See Chapter 9 of
Running Linux for a good introduction.
1.5.4 See Also
Chapter 9 of Running Linux, by Matt
Walsh, Matthias Dalheimer, Terry Dawson, and Lar Kaufman