man pages in plain text - how to?

Charles Swiger cswiger at
Fri Jun 9 19:28:18 UTC 2006

On Jun 9, 2006, at 3:01 PM, 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.)

   env TERM=dumb PAGER=ul man man

...seemed to work OK for me, compare this to not specifying a pager  
when you redirect the output to a file.  Reading "man grotty" might  
give you additional things to tweak...


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