Formatting Man Pages without man or groff The man2html program translates groff text to HTML, which you can view
with a Web browser. The man2html program, and many like it, are
availble on the Web. Look for them with your favorite search engine.
The unformatted manual pages are stored in subdirectories of /usr/man,
/usr/local/man, and elsewhere.
If you want to view text, use nroff and less. Both of these programs
have MSDOS versions with an implementation of the man macro package
available as well. An example would be:
$ nroff -man /usr/man/man1/ls.1 | less
If you know where to find a good implementation of the man macros
without installing groff, please let the FAQ maintainer know.
If the manual page filename ends in ".gz," then you'll need to
uncompress it before formatting it, using gzip -d or gunzip. A
one-line example would be:
$ gzip -dc /usr/man/man1/ls.1.gz | nroff -man | less