How to adjust man page line length

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Tue Jan 18 17:11:32 UTC 2011

On Mon, 17 Jan 2011 21:40:38 -0600, "David J. Weller-Fahy" <dave-lists-freebsd-questions at> wrote:
> To expand on the question in the subject: How does one tell `man` not to
> automatically format man pages to 80 columns?  I'm looking for a fairly
> easy way to do this, or confirmation it would involve internal
> gymnastics I may not be willing to perform.

Set the 'columns' attribute of your tty:

    stty columns 60
    man xxx

This should do it.

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