How to adjust man page line length

David Kelly dkelly at
Tue Jan 18 18:29:20 UTC 2011

On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 06:11:13PM +0100, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
> 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.

*Should*? You posted without trying it? (I tried, did not work).

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
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