How To Get Color Man Pages In Linux

 To Get Color Man Pages In Linux

    Are you frequent visitor to man page (stands for manual pages) If you are, then you would have experienced its eye hurting default view. If you always wanted a solution for that problem, then here is something that would help you out. This tutorial will help you to read man page with colors. Man pages by default use less command as a pager. You can make use of the Most command for this process. 


Using Most Command
    MOST is a powerful paging program for Linux system that displays file contents on page wise. It display status line on the screen which includes file name, current line number, and the percentage of the file so far displayed.


Getting Color Man Page

Like the other procedures, you are required to update your system before you begin with the installation process.

root@linuxhelp:~# apt-get update
Hit:1 xenial InRelease                                       
Hit:2 xenial InRelease    
Fetched 306 kB in 3s (93.6 kB/s)   
Reading package lists... Done

Before changing this, you can take a look at your default man page view. Run the following command for the same purpose.

root@linuxhelp:~# man ps




Now, you shall install the MOST package by making use of the following command.

root@linuxhelp:~# apt-get install most
Reading package lists... Done
Reading package lists... Done


And then, to export pager to /.bashrc file, you need to make use of the following command

root@linuxhelp:~# export PAGER='most'


Or you can also use the following command for the above scenario.

root@linuxhelp:~# export PAGER="/usr/bin/most -s'


You shall now check the man page of PS now.

root@linuxhelp:~# man ps





With this, the method to get color man pages on Linux comes to an end. 

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