bash on Mac OS to edit some
man pages for my own use.
In Mac OS the command
open -t filename will open the specified file in the system's default text editor.
$ man somepage | col -b
will properly render the designated
man page. What I want to do is open the rendered man page in the text editor. I can accomplish this as follows:
man somepage | col -b > filename && open -t filename
I should probably be happy with that, but I got it in my brain that there must be a "better way" to do this using only piping and redirect. Also, the command above tends to "litter" my file system with files that I may not need to retain - and therefore requires another step to delete the cruft. Ideally, I could open the rendered man page in the editor without a file name, or some generic filename that would be overwritten on each invocation. I've spent about an hour now noodling over this, trying different things, to no avail.
What made most sense to me was this:
$ open -t < man somepage | col -b
$ open -t &1 < man somepage | col -b
but of course that doesn't work because the shell takes
man as the filename. Am I even close to getting this right? Am I daft for trying?