man pages in plain text - how to?

Benjamin A'Lee bma at
Fri Jun 9 19:16:23 UTC 2006

On Fri, Jun 09, 2006 at 03:01:14PM -0400, Wayne wrote:
> Was wondering how to get "man" to output pages in plain text?  I want 
> the basic formating (indentation & whatnot) but NOT the bold and other 
> special effects.  Just ascii text I can grep through.  I tried setting 
> the terminal type to "dumb" and the stupid thing still tries to do 
> back-space overstrike bolding (jeesh - even LA-120s had fancier print 
> capabilities than that, IIRC.)

'col -b' will strip out the bold effects etc.


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