How can I copy the description of cat command from the manual to the file named cat-man? I have tried to the synopsis of cat command while it is always with a error that no file name cat-man or destination.

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    Are you trying to cat the contents of a man page to a file? It's unclear what you're asking about. Showing the command you're trying to run would definitely help. – slm Nov 9 '13 at 5:12
  • concur with @slm; please reword this if you'd like the question to remain open. – Shadur Nov 9 '13 at 14:01


$ man cat > cat-man

The > allows you to redirect stdout to a file name. In this case a file called: cat-man.


One way could be:

sed '/^DESCRIPTION$/,/^[^ ]/!d' <(man cat) | head -n -1 > cat-man

Note that negative value for head is non POSIX.

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