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Compress your 'man' pages to save space System
Run this command:
gzip -f /usr/share/man/man1/*
to save some disk space!

Re-run for man2 to man8... Also run on any other man directories you might have (like /usr/X11R6/man if you installed XFree86 or /usr/local/man if you installed lots of 3rd party UNIX software).

The command will compress the man pages, significantly reducing their space usage. after that, 'man' will be a bit slower because it has to decompress all the man pages before display, but it's worth it if you want some drive space back.
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compressing 'man' pages
Authored by: grotz on Apr 13, '01 09:17:33AM

...just how much space can man pages take up?
I'm curious as they are nothing but text ....



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About 20mb...
Authored by: robg on Apr 13, '01 09:28:08AM
Here's the output from "du -h" (disk usage, human readable, installed with GNU file utilities) on my hard drive:
% du -h
8.3M ./man1
780k ./man2
6.9M ./man3
396k ./man4
732k ./man5
4.0k ./man6
356k ./man7
1.3M ./man8
19M .
The last number shows the total at 19mb, so compression will free up a good bit of space - especially since they are text files.

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