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Groff tips

Compiling groff man pages to see in $PAGER

cat(1) the source code of a man page doesn't work, as you probably noted. To compile it to see in a $PAGER (such as more(1) or less(1)), we would need to use groff(1) correctly:

groff -T ascii -man mymanpage.1 | $PAGER

Supress non printable characters from groff output

You might want to open it with an editor too. In that case, non-printable characters will appear. To supress them, use col(1):

groff -T ascii -man mymanpage.1 | col -bx > file.txt