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man() {
env \
LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$(printf "\e[1;31m") \
LESS_TERMCAP_md=$(printf "\e[1;31m") \
LESS_TERMCAP_me=$(printf "\e[0m") \
LESS_TERMCAP_se=$(printf "\e[0m") \
LESS_TERMCAP_so=$(printf "\e[1;44;33m") \
LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$(printf "\e[0m") \
LESS_TERMCAP_us=$(printf "\e[1;32m") \
man "$@"
}
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mjm Aug 15, 2016

If you use fish:

function man
    env \
        LESS_TERMCAP_mb=(printf "\e[1;31m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_md=(printf "\e[1;31m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_me=(printf "\e[0m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_se=(printf "\e[0m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_so=(printf "\e[1;44;33m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_ue=(printf "\e[0m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_us=(printf "\e[1;32m") \
            man $argv
end

mjm commented Aug 15, 2016

If you use fish:

function man
    env \
        LESS_TERMCAP_mb=(printf "\e[1;31m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_md=(printf "\e[1;31m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_me=(printf "\e[0m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_se=(printf "\e[0m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_so=(printf "\e[1;44;33m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_ue=(printf "\e[0m") \
        LESS_TERMCAP_us=(printf "\e[1;32m") \
            man $argv
end
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dentex Aug 16, 2016

Awesome!
Thanks.

dentex commented Aug 16, 2016

Awesome!
Thanks.

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michaelmhoffman Aug 16, 2016

In bash, I remove the env at the beginning and use command man "$@" at the end instead. This avoids an extra call to env.

In bash, I remove the env at the beginning and use command man "$@" at the end instead. This avoids an extra call to env.

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radik909 Aug 16, 2016

Awesome 👍

Awesome 👍

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jhermann Aug 16, 2016

Shorter… (no printf calls)

man() {
    LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\e'"[1;31m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\e'"[1;31m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\e'"[0m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\e'"[0m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\e'"[1;44;33m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\e'"[0m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\e'"[1;32m" \
    command man "$@"
}

Shorter… (no printf calls)

man() {
    LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\e'"[1;31m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\e'"[1;31m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\e'"[0m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\e'"[0m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\e'"[1;44;33m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\e'"[0m" \
    LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\e'"[1;32m" \
    command man "$@"
}
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carpe171 Aug 16, 2016

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kenwilcox Aug 18, 2016

or you can add the following to your ~/.profile and not override default commands - they're just environment variables anyway

export LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\e'"[1;31m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\e'"[1;31m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\e'"[0m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\e'"[0m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\e'"[1;44;33m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\e'"[0m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\e'"[1;32m"

or you can add the following to your ~/.profile and not override default commands - they're just environment variables anyway

export LESS_TERMCAP_mb=$'\e'"[1;31m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_md=$'\e'"[1;31m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_me=$'\e'"[0m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_se=$'\e'"[0m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_so=$'\e'"[1;44;33m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_ue=$'\e'"[0m"
export LESS_TERMCAP_us=$'\e'"[1;32m"

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forkbomber Aug 19, 2016

If you are using oh-my-zsh – you can achieve the same via colored-man-pages plugin: https://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh/blob/master/plugins/colored-man-pages/colored-man-pages.plugin.zsh

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Fale Aug 21, 2016

I've just tried on Fedora, and it seems not to work :(

Fale commented Aug 21, 2016

I've just tried on Fedora, and it seems not to work :(

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ghost Aug 22, 2016

Tnx @forkbomber!! I totally missed this when looking over oh-my-zsh plugins.

ghost commented Aug 22, 2016

Tnx @forkbomber!! I totally missed this when looking over oh-my-zsh plugins.

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