Printing MAN pages

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Fri Sep 9 07:01:08 PDT 2005

On 2005-09-09 07:36, Warren Block <wblock at> wrote:
>On Fri, 9 Sep 2005, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>>Stijn and everyone else, any particular preference for the text that we
>>add?  Would something like the following be ok?
>>	-t	Use ``/usr/bin/groff -S -man'' to format the manual page,
>>		passing the output to stdout.  The default output format of
>>		groff(1) is Postscript, but see the manual page of groff(1)
>>		for ways to pick an alternate format.
>>		Depending on the selected format and the availability of
>>		printing devices, the output may need to be passed through
>>		some filter or another before being printed.
> It's like the original version in that it doesn't come right out and say
> *why* it's formatting the manual page until the last word.  That
> information could be added to the first sentence:
>     Use ``/usr/bin/groff -S -man'' to format the manual page for printing,
>     passing the output to stdout.

My most important concerns about mentioning "printing" in the first
sentence is that:

	a) Postscript is not only for printing.

	b) Some of the output formats that groff supports are *not*
	   directly printable, i.e. DVI

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