nice man pages?

Thomas Dickey dickey at
Wed Oct 26 08:10:48 UTC 2011

On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 08:58:19PM -0700, Carl Johnson wrote:
> Patrick Lamaiziere <patfbsd at> writes:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I use sysutils/most to have nice manual pages in color, that's cool but
> > is there a way to do this with the base system (ie without adding port)?
> I use a colorized termcap with less, but it also works with
> /usr/bin/more.  It depends on what type of terminal you are using it
> on.  I have it for xterm and rxvt (which is what I use).  This works for
> manpages, but you can also colorize your prompt.
> It is short, so my ~/.termcap is below:
> ---------------------- snip -------------------
> # this is just changes to the standard FreeBSD termcaps - 2010-12-13 cdj
> xterm|xterm-color|X11 terminal emulator:\
>         :md=\E[33;1m:so=\E[36;1m:se=\E[0m:us=\E[32;4m:ue=\E[0;24m:\
>         :ti@:te@:tc=xterm-xfree86:
> rxvt|rxvt terminal emulator (X Window System):\
>         :md=\E[33;1m:so=\E[36;1m:se=\E[0m:us=\E[32;4m:ue=\E[0;24m:\
>         :pa#64:Co#8:AF=\E[3%dm:AB=\E[4%dm:op=\E[39;49m:\
>         :tc=rxvt-mono:
> ---------------------- snip -------------------
> All that does is set bold to yellow, standout to cyan, and underline to
> green.  I use white on black, so if you use something else you will
> probably have to adjust the colors.  I haven't tried 9.0, but this works
> on 8.1-RELEASE and 8.2-RELEASE.  You can decide for yourself if that
> does what you want.

fwiw, without also setting the NC capability (something like NC#35),
it'll confuse curses/ncurses since that conflicts with the normal
color controls.

Thomas E. Dickey
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