how to print a man page

Libby Charles-CCL044 Charles.S.Libby at
Fri Nov 28 21:13:38 PST 2003

You could just pipe the output of man directly to lpr:

	man manpage |lpr

This produces a great output which I use in my classes all the time.

Now if you need it to be put into another document for a class for example, you can just

	man manpage > filename

And the output is formated in text.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of Malcolm Kay
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2003 11:09 PM
To: Antoine Jacoutot; Ian Todd
Cc: freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: how to print a man page

On Sat, 29 Nov 2003 05:48, Antoine Jacoutot wrote:
> On Friday 28 November 2003 20:10, Ian Todd wrote:
> > I have installed a local printer on /dev/lp0. I want to print a man 
> > page how do i do that? Will it also fit onto the page? i dont need 
> > to setup the size of my page?Thanks.
> $ groff -Tps -man /path/to/man/page/man.1 | lpr -P PS-Printer

This is making hard work of it. You need to first find the path to the 
man page; but man itself is capable of preparing a PS output:

$ man -t manpage | lpr -P PS-Printer

Malcolm Kay
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