How to adjust man page line length

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Wed Jan 19 08:54:03 UTC 2011

On Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:29:18 -0600, David Kelly <dkelly at> wrote:
> 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).

'Should' as in "I tried it here and it worked".  I'm running a recent
CURRENT snapshot, but I don't think this affects the results.  What does
'stty -a' show in your terminal?  What is your shell's environment
(e.g. the value of COLUMNS)?  What is your PAGER? etc.

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