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Old 09-26-2004
man format file

hello
How can i make a man file from a plain text file, what command should use?
thanks
# 2  
Old 09-27-2004
man pages are formatted using troff/groff. You should do a man troff and a man groff.

You can try this agains your txt file, to view it.
groff -Tascii -mm your_file | less

Look at the source from any of the man pages installed.

After formatting the text you can view it in many ways, such as issuing the command against your txt file
nroff -man your_file | less
and even
groff -Tascii -man your_file |less

You can also create various output from your formatted document.
Such as txt, ps, dvi.

groff -Tascii -mm your_file > newfile.txt
groff -Tps -mm your_file > newfile.ps
groff -Tdvi -mm your_file > newfile.dvi

a quick idea you can use to format your text to work with groff.

Quote:
.TH Addressbook 2 Office 9/27/2004 Linux
.SH Addressbook
Something about the address book written here!
.SH Synopsis
.PP
.SH DESCRIPTION
.PP
How to use the address book
.PP
.SH FILES
/usr/local/bin
.PP
$HOME/.contacts
.SH BUGS
None filed
you can then process this, saving the file to address.2 and issuing;
groff -Tascii -man address.2 | less

Last edited by locustfurnace; 09-27-2004 at 10:53 PM..
# 3  
Old 09-28-2004
let's say, I created a script file named: commandlog

can i use : man commandlog
to show some tips helping the users?
# 4  
Old 10-07-2004
Aha... you are absolutly right...
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