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man, wm/man, man2html, man2txt, lookman - print or find manual pages


man [ -b ] [ -n ] [ -p ] [ -S ] [ -w ] [ section ... ] title ...
man -f file ...
wm/man [ section ... ] title ...
wm/man -f file ...
man2html [ -h header ] [ -i initial ] [ -t trailer ] file [ section ]
man2txt [ -p width ] [ file ... ]
lookman [ -f ] keyword ...


Both man and wm/man locate entries in this manual and display them. The pages for entries named title within each specified section are displayed. If no sections are specified, matching pages from all sections are printed. Sections are given by number.

The -f option to man and wm/man prevent lookup in the manual index. Instead, the remaining arguments are treated as filenames. Man processes each file in turn. Wm/man adds each file to its page history and displays the first document in the list.

The man command prints the manual pages as formatted plain text to standard output. Manual pages are written using Plan9 troff -man macros for their markup and so some detail is lost in conversion to plain text. Wm/man displays the pages in a graphical Wm window, providing a more faithful reproduction of the intended layout.

Man also accepts the following options:

Print the pages and send them to plumber(1) for display in an editor.
Use man2txt to format the pages (default).
Display the pages using wm/man.
Do not search the manual indices for the names: only print pages whose file names match the titles.
Print the names of the man page source files instead of formatting them.

Man2html converts troff -man macro markup to an approximation in HTML on standard output. Only one file is processed at a time. It is assumed the input file is a manual page, in the given section (default: 1). The optional header string replaces the default header <HTML><HEAD>. The optional initial text will appear immediately after <BODY>. The optional trailer string replaces the default trailer </BODY></HTML>.

Man2txt converts troff -man macro markup to plain text. Each file is processed separately. If no arguments are given, text from standard input is processed. The converted text is written to standard output. The -p option to man2txt specifies the page width in characters.

Lookman finds the manual pages, in any section, that contain all of the keywords given as arguments, and prints man commands and manual references for them, one per line. In a wm-sh(1) window, any of the man commands can be selected with mouse button 2 and sent as a command; a manual reference can simply be plumb(1)'d using mouse button 3. The -f option causes lookman just to list the file names.


Source files of manual pages.
The source file for this manual page.
Used by man and wm/man to locate the source file containing a particular title.
The lookman index.


/dis/man sh(1) script
/dis/lookman sh(1) script




Man2txt only knows about troff -man macros. Other troff macro packages or output from preprocessors such as pic or tbl will not be presented correctly.

MAN(1 ) Rev:  Tue May 05 13:33:25 GMT 2009