help with man page content

Thomas Dickey dickey at
Mon Feb 13 23:37:36 UTC 2017

On Mon, Feb 13, 2017 at 03:19:17PM -0500, Ernie Luzar wrote:
> Hi List;
> I am creating a man page and I want to include the output from the
> ifconfig command. Is there some command I can wrap around all the
> lines to nullify the auto wrapping feature? Something like what is
> done to highlight text.

In xterm's manual page, I do it using these macros:

.de NS
.ie \n(.sp
.el    .sp .5
.ie \n(.in +4
.el    .in +2
.ft C			\" Courier
.de NE
.ft R
.in -4

The main parts are ".nf" (no fill) and ".fi" (fill), to turn off formatting
and resume, respectively.

Thomas E. Dickey <dickey at>
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