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10.4: Use Preview to view formatted man pages
Authored by: Sesquipedalian on May 31, '07 10:50:27PM
I like this hint, but while a PDF is pretty, my goal is the fastest and easiest to use display of a man page I can possibly get. What I really wanted was plain text in a nice scrollable TextEdit window instead of a PDF in Preview. So I put this into my .profile:
man "${1}" | col -b | open -f -a "TextEdit"
It is practically instantaneous, and it lets me use all the functions of TextEdit.

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