Man Page BSD-ism And Terminal Width
wblock at wonkity.com
Thu May 4 01:49:58 UTC 2017
On Wed, 3 May 2017, derek thomas wrote:
> Not all man pages on my system fit the width of my terminal. The MANWIDTH variable as described in man(1) should be the solution, but I've discovered that many if not all man page sources in base at least don't seem to respect the variable. As though width was hard-coded. Other sources do respect it, such as /usr/share/man/man1/nroff.1.gz, and notably others in ports. So I suppose there is some FreeBSD-ism going on in the source format.
> I ruled out my processing pipeline.
> nroff -man [sourcefile] demonstrates the same differences in files.
> Should I dig further for a proper man-macro code fix? Or am I overlooking something? Is this expected behaviour?
setenv MANWIDTH tty
works here in csh, and
export MANWIDTH 200
in sh. Both tested with 'man ls'. I don't remember much of anything
about nroff, please test with mandoc or groff.
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