ascii text format

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Fri Nov 21 08:31:24 PST 2008

On Fri, 21 Nov 2008 15:53:09 +0000, pwn <pwnedomina at> wrote:
> yes, i want that the text appears displayed such as manpages like, how
> can i accomplish this task?

The manpages are written in groff.  More specifically, they are written
in a format that may be formatted by the `mdoc' macros of groff; the set
of groff macros described in the groff_mdoc(7) manpage.

See my other post about using groff and a specially formatted `input
file' to produce text output similar to the manpage look & feel :)

The `mdoc' macro package is just _one_ of the available sets of macros
for formatting text with groff.  Check out the groff wiki at

for information about the standard macro packages included with groff.

The `extras' page at

has pointers to other, non-standard macro packages.  This may be a bit
interesting too.

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