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Man pages are written in the troff/nroff markup language. Troff, which is meant for preparing output to a phototypesetter (or to files in formats such as PostScript or PDF), will automatically change the ` and ' characters in the input into curved quotation marks, ‘ and ’. Nroff, which is what the man command runs when the output is to a terminal, will pass ...


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Perhaps the closest thing to what you are looking for is MacPorts (or some other package management system like Homebrew). It can be used to install software(including many Unix software) easily.


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These quotation marks are often used because they look nice, similar to the quotation marks in printed books (which are different at the beginning and end of the quoted passage). These quotation marks may also have been added by your local troff configuration (or, could be removed by it!). The actual file may not contain these characters literally. You ...


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Probably a limit of the terminal device line discipline internal line editor buffer. You should be able to enter long lines by pressing Ctrl+D in the middle of it (so the currently entered part be sent to cat and the line editor flushed), or by disabling that line editor altogether. For instance, if using zsh: STTY=-icanon cat > file Note that then ...


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webster is not a common command among Unix systems. It is not a part of Debian's apt repository and it is also not part of the two major packaging tools Homebrew and MacPorts. Probably it is only available on Stanford computers. However additional commands can be installed with ease using one of the two. I would suggest using Homebrew since many packages ...


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Terminal resize generates a SIGWINCH signal that is sent to the foreground applications. Said applications are supposed to catch that signal (provided they care about terminal size to begin with), and adjust accordingly. What seems to be going on when you resize the terminal while nano is running from ipython is that ipython receives the SIGWINCH, but ...



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