I was trying to render the troff file https://github.com/bit-team/backintime/blob/master/common/man/C/backintime-config.1 in terminal.

How can I make the output (using cat or some other utility) look like the way man outputs troff file in the terminal?

Do I need to convert the troff file to some format understood by the terminal?

Note: I am not looking to export it to pdf or html

  • The question does not specify an operating system, and man built upon groff exists on at least (older) FreeBSD and Linux-based operating systems.
    – JdeBP
    Jul 7, 2020 at 16:27
  • I'm really unfamiliar with the subject, but groffer --tty your_file is probably an easy way. (I see that groffer is provided by the groff package on Ubuntu, which is likely not installed by default).
    – fra-san
    Jul 7, 2020 at 18:14

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Just do

man "${Path-To-Troff-File}" 
  • It's not that simple. With some implementations of man this only works if the path contains a directory prefix.
    – JdeBP
    Jul 7, 2020 at 16:25

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