How to format BSD man pages (groff man) using "classical" troff man?

How to format BSD man pages (groff man) using "classical" troff man?

Post by Jos V » Wed, 29 Jul 1992 14:41:28

I need to format BSD man pages, apparently written for the new man
macros which can only be used with GNU's groff text formatter,
using "classical" troff and man macros (e.g., troff from DWB 2.0).

Does there exist a conversion tool or a macroset usable with troff?

Please respond by E-MAIL, if necessary I'll summarize.


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1. Standard man pages to "Catted" man pages!

To Anyone Interested:

        How does one take a standard "troff"ed (?) man page that comes
with a package off the net (ending in .1, .2, etc) and turn in into a
compressed, "cat"ted man page (ending in .1.Z, .2.Z, etc) that are
stored in the directory /usr/man/catN (N = 1,2,3,...) that can be read
by the standard man utility that comes with the SLS distribution?  I'm
sure that this is trivial to do, and is probably written down
SOMEWHERE, but I've got only so many hours a day I can spend reading
FAQs and HOWTOs.  Thanx in advance...

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