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The case of double characters when printing man pages
By Thom Holwerda on 2017-08-09 21:50:10

In what's never going to be a regular occurance, I'm linking to a Twitter thread. Chris Espinosa tweets:

Just as I was wrapping up an email and getting ready to leave work, a co-worker rolled his chair over to show me an "interesting" thing.

Go ahead, read it.

UNIX, man. Not even once.

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To print a man page I usually do...
By mattias1 on 2017-08-10 06:10:34
I usually use something like:

man -t man | lp

Tell this your coworkers...
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RE: To print a man page I usually do...
By nicubunu on 2017-08-10 07:29:20
they wanted to email the output, in such case i would use

man man > file.txt
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RE[2]: UNIX showing its age again...
By Morgan on 2017-08-10 10:57:09
> When I read "actual teletype", I imagine a real teletype like the T-51, the F1200 or F2000 built by RFT. Non-german persons probably know the famous Model 33 / ASR-33 as one of the first means to interact with UNIX computers. No fancy screen, and very limited output speed.

Yeah, I'm old but I'm not that old. I'll get off your lawn now. ;-)
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20 tweets to discuss man overprinting?
By rklrkl on 2017-08-10 13:14:22
Nobody commenting on why he's using Twitter to discuss man overprinting? With the char limit, it ended up as 20 tweets in all - wrong social media platform methinks :-)
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flashback
By chrish on 2017-08-10 13:34:12
Back in the day I helped convert a huge documentation set from roff format (so, man pages) to Word for DOS via some parser that converted the roff to RTF.

man's ecosystem has always been awful, which is why there have been so many attempts to replace it (POD, for example).
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RE: 20 tweets to discuss man overprinting?
By Alfman on 2017-08-10 13:51:08
rklrkl,

> Nobody commenting on why he's using Twitter to discuss man overprinting? With the char limit, it ended up as 20 tweets in all - wrong social media platform methinks :-)


Yep, your absolutely right. It's the "in" social media platform, but for technical merit it leaves a lot to be desired. I lean towards more in depth discussion with good amounts of context, whereas twitter effectively undermines all of that.

On the other hand, I do think it's the ideal platform for anyone with an aversion to detail, like presidents who like to talk alot yet actually have very little to say.
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Comment by tidux
By tidux on 2017-08-10 15:53:11
$ man "not even once"
No manual entry for not even once
$
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RE[2]: UNIX showing its age again...
By grat on 2017-08-10 19:53:52
> Luckily, there are convenient ways to automatically transform manpages into pure ASCII text (no more highlighting, reverse, underlining) or to PDF, especially because PDF is a very popular document exchange format.

I wouldn't consider most of your examples to be "convenient". I recall piping the output of man to nroff, but that's a really old memory.

Personally, I find that

man ls > ls.txt

is all I need to do under my current bash environment.
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Person is not an idiot, just ignorant
By cjcox on 2017-08-10 23:24:05
As other have said, the terminal being used isn't handling the overstrikes. With that said, in their raw form, the roff man pages can be formatted for output proper to your end device. Shoot, you can even have it output HTML (with a few hiccups... depending on what your man supports).

Dare I even say, man col (if this an old Unix host especially)
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Twitter? Not even once...
By number9 on 2017-08-10 23:45:25
This is the first time in many, many years that I have gone to Twitter to read anything.

Ok, so perhaps I am an old fart, but WTF?!?

Does everyone read crap like this?

I mean, the story is not crap. Maybe. Dunno.

But having to read it in extremely small chunks.

It is.

Kind of.

Annoying.

Really.

Damn.

I couldn't make it.

Edited 2017-08-10 23:46 UTC
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