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hman(1)                                                       General Commands Manual                                                      hman(1)

hman - browse the on-line manual pages SYNOPSIS
hman [ -P browser ] [ -H host ] [ section ] name hman [ -P browser ] [ -H host ] [ section ] [ index ] DESCRIPTION
The hman script is an interface to man2html(1) that allows you to enter man page requests at the command line and view the output in your favourite browser. The behaviour reminds of that of man(1) so that many people will be able to alias hman to man. If the browser used is netscape, and an incarnation of netscape is running already, hman will pass the request to the existing browser. OPTIONS
-P browser Specify which browser (like lynx, xmosaic, arena, chimera, netscape, amaya, ...) to use. This option overrides the MANHTMLPAGER environment variable. The default is the non-httpd version of lynx, or sensible-browser if lynx cannot be found. -H host Specify from what host to get the man pages. This option overrides the MANHTMLHOST environment variable. The default is localhost. ENVIRONMENT
MANHTMLPAGER The default browser to use is selected using this environment variable. MANHTMLHOST The default host to use is selected using this environment variable. SEE ALSO
man(1), man2html(1), arena(1), lynx(1), sensible-browser(1), netscape(1), xmosaic(1), glimpse(1) 19 January 1998 hman(1)

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man2html(1)                                                   General Commands Manual                                                  man2html(1)

man2html - format a manual page in html SYNOPSIS
man2html [options] [file] DESCRIPTION
man2html converts a manual page as found in file (or stdin, in case no file argument, or the argument "-", is given) from man-style nroff into html, and prints the result on stdout. It does support tbl but does not know about eqn. The exit status is 0. If something goes wrong, an error page is printed on stdout. This can be used as a stand-alone utility, but is mainly intended as an auxiliary, to enable users to browse their man pages using a html browser like lynx(1), xmosaic(1) or netscape(1). The main part of man2html is the troff-to-html engine written by Richard Verhoeven ( It adds hyperlinks for the following constructs: foo(3x) "http://localhost/cgi-bin/man/man2html?3x+foo" method://string "method://string" "" "" name@host "mailto:name@host" <string.h> "file:/usr/include/string.h" (The first of these can be tuned by options - see below.) No lookup is done - the links generated need not exist. Also an index with internal hyperlinks to the various sections is generated, so that it is easier to find one's way in large man pages like bash(1). OPTIONS
When reading from stdin, it is not always clear how to do .so expansion. The -D option allows a script to define the working directory. -D pathname Strip the last two parts from the pathname, and do a chdir(dir) before starting the conversion. The -E option allows the easy generation of error messages from a cgi script. -E string Output an error page containing the given error message. The general form of a hyperlink generated for a man page reference is <method:cgipath><man2htmlpath><separator><manpage> with a default as shown above. The parts of this hyperlink are set using the various options. -h Set method:cgipath to http://localhost. -H host[.domain][:port] Set method:cgipath to http://host.domain:port. -l Set method:cgipath to lynxcgi:/usr/lib. -L dir Set method:cgipath to lynxcgi:dir. -M man2htmlpath Set the man2htmlpath to use. The default is /cgi-bin/man/man2html. -p Set separator to '/'. -q Set separator to '?'. This is the default. -r Use relative html paths, instead of cgi-bin paths. On a machine without running httpd, one can use lynx to browse the man pages, using the lynxcgi method. When some http daemon is running, lynx, or any other browser, can be used to browse the man pages, using the http method. The option -l (for `lynxcgi') selects the former behaviour. With it, the default cgipath is /usr/lib. In general, a cgi script can be called by <path_to_script>/<more_path>?<query> and the environment variables PATH_INFO and QUERY_STRING will be set to <more_path> and <query>, respectively. Since lynxcgi does not han- dle the PATH_INFO part, we generate hyperlinks with `?' as a separator by default. The option -p (for `path') selects '/' as a separator, while the option -q (for `query') selects '?' as a separator. The option -H host will specify the host to use (instead of localhost). A cgi script could use man2html -H $SERVER_NAME if the variable SERVER_NAME is set. This would allow your machine to act as a server and export man pages. BUGS
There are many heuristics. The output will not always be perfect. The lynxcgi method will not work if lynx was compiled without selecting support for it. There may be problems with security. AUTHOR
Richard Verhoeven was the original author of man2html. Michael Hamilton and Andries Brouwer subsequently improved on it. Federico Lucifredi <> is the current maintainer. SEE ALSO
lynx(1), man(1), hman(1) 1 January 1998 man2html(1)
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