manual page formatting issues

Yuri Pankov yuri.pankov at
Sat Feb 5 05:07:06 UTC 2011

On Sat, Feb 05, 2011 at 02:24:31PM +1000, Rob wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm running FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE (running on VMWare Server 2.0.2) and am
> having some odd issues the formatting of man pages.
> If I view a man page (as root) in the console it displays correctly. If I
> view the man page (again, as root) in a (PuTTY) terminal session, the bold
> formatting of the command line arguments is missing.
> See the following screen shot examples:
> Console:
> Terminal:
> In the console session I have the TERM=cons25.
> In the terminal session I have it set to TERM=xterm. My PuTTY settings are
> pretty much the default, including the "Connection->Data->Terminal-type
> string" set to xterm.
> The pager in both sessions is set to more.
> I've played around with various terminal settings, to no avail. Can someone
> please offer some pointers as to how I might fix this?
> Thanks,
> Rob

You probably forgot to change Window->Colors->Default Bold Foreground
color values in PuTTY (works just fine here).


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