I was trying to find out what qalter's -r flag does, but I can't search for -r when viewing the man page for it (pattern not found). Yet it's clearly there. If you scroll down a bit you'll see it. Why can't I search for flags in this man page? This online version seems to work fine though.

  • Works for me, pressing /-r plus Enter. – choroba Jun 8 '14 at 16:22
  • That's what I tried. I'm on gentoo using xfce4-terminal-0.6.3 if that matters. qalter's man page is in the package man-pages-posix-2013a. – Dog Jun 8 '14 at 16:29
  • What about man pages of other commands (e.g. ls)? – choroba Jun 8 '14 at 16:33
  • I tried and it works in ls, gcc and cat. – Dog Jun 8 '14 at 16:47

It sometimes happens that man pages contain formatting commands and settings that lead to certain characters being rendered using various non-ASCII characters. This can be instead of |, ­ (soft hyphen) or (hyphen) or (non-breaking hyphen) instead of - (ASCII hyphen-minus), instead of *, etc.

Try searching for non-ASCII characters in the man page:

LC_COLLATE=C LESS='+/[^ -~]' man qalter

You can force the man page to be rendered in ASCII by choosing an ASCII character set:

LC_CTYPE=C man qalter

Having shell options rendered with a non-ASCII alternative to - is a bug, probably in the man page soucre. I don't know enough *roff to know what the bug might be.

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