handling man (groff) pages in C

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    handling man (groff) pages in C

    Does anyone know of a C library for processing man pages (they are in groff, i notice)?

    Or, looking at this differently, if I go man man > man.txt I still get something that is not really viewable as plain text. A total guess, having never used any of the 'w' string functions: I'm seeing "wide' characters in the output (or are those just for foriegn alphabets)?

    There are a few questions in here (i guess), but if you know anything useful about the topic please post.
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    The funny characters appear to be ANSI formatting codes (if I set my terminal to something weird, they don't show up), as opposed to what's in the file itself. (I would guess that the C library for dealing with groff/troff/etc. is "groff" itself.) You should be able to find the raw man pages themselves in /usr/(something)/man. The Solaris box I'm looking at now appears to have the man pages in some XML-like language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tabstop View Post
    You should be able to find the raw man pages themselves in /usr/(something)/man. The Solaris box I'm looking at now appears to have the man pages in some XML-like language.
    My raw pages are definately in groff (commands prefaced on a single line by a '.', eg. .pp).
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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    For posterity's sake, man command | col -b > command.txt works and leaves so few "non-standard" characters in you won't even notice
    C programming resources:
    GNU C Function and Macro Index -- glibc reference manual
    The C Book -- nice online learner guide
    Current ISO draft standard
    CCAN -- new CPAN like open source library repository
    3 (different) GNU debugger tutorials: #1 -- #2 -- #3
    cpwiki -- our wiki on sourceforge

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