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Converting a man page to HTML, PDF, text

If you wish to view documentation for commands and utiilties on a system running Apple's OS X operating system, or Linux, you can use the man command to view the manual page, aka a "man page" for the command/utility. If you want to convert the man page to a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) document, you can use the groff text formatting utility. You can find man pages beneath the /user/share/man directory in subdirectores named manx where x is a number, e.g. man1, man2, etc. E.g. under OS X, if you wanted to view the documentation for Apple's AppleScript scripting language osascript utility, you can find the man page on an OS X system at /usr/share/man/man1/osascript.1. To format it as HTML, you can pipe the contents of the file into groff as shown below:

$ cat /usr/share/man/man1/osascript.1 | groff -mandoc -Thtml >man_osascript.html

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