Thu 23 May 2019

Open a man page as PDF on macOS

In the afternoon I found a nice Bash function in the comments section of Hacker News by user danielecook, reformatted to fit the width of this page:

function pman() {
    man -t ${1} |
    open -f -a  \

It calls man with the given argument and the -t option, which outputs the man page as PostScript. This output is piped to the open command with the -f option to read from standard in, the pipe in this case, and opens the application specified with -a with this output.

Very neat.

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