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Allow the use of man to read man pages?

From: Reuben Thomas
Subject: Allow the use of man to read man pages?
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 13:22:46 +0000

Info's man page reader has some disadvantages over man: in particular,
it doesn't typeset as nicely on a terminal.

A cheap solution would be to allow info simply to run man to display
man pages, rather than trying to display them itself. Although this
leads to one command presenting me with two user interfaces, I don't
find this a problem (I wrote a script to run info -w and, if it
outputs *manpages*, to run man rather than info, and I find that the
distinctive look of the man page or info manual puts my brain in the
right mode.)

Or, info's typesetting could be improved: the main problem is the lack
of appropriate rendering of bold and italic text. The difference is
easy to see in "info man" versus "man man".

(Side note: the info-stnd manual doesn't contain this bug reporting
address: to find that I had to read info's man page!)


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