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Creating Custom Man Pages

Sep 09, 2010, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pete Vargas)

"Man pages have been the primary source for UN*x documentation for a long time. Whenever I create a script that's going to be around for a while, I create documentation in the form of a section 1 man page. This stops my cell phone from ringing on the weekends when the junior sysadmins are looking for my notes.

"Some people I know tend to shy away from writing man pages because they believe it's too difficult to learn how to correctly format man pages using troff or groff. Lucky for me, there's a much easier way to get the job done.

"Marc Vertes (mvertes@free.fr) has written an excellent GNU AWK script called txt2man..."

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