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Bug 120112 - can't turn off color man output
can't turn off color man output
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: man (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Eido Inoue
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2004-04-05 23:21 EDT by Joe Bayes
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
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Fixed In Version: 1.5o1-1
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Last Closed: 2004-11-09 18:36:53 EST
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Description Joe Bayes 2004-04-05 23:21:25 EDT
Description of problem:
When I type 'man man', I get multicolored output. I don't like
multicolored output (though I understand that others might), and I
want to switch it off. In searching through the manpages for man,
nroff, groff, and grotty the only thing I could find that seemed like
it might turn off color is the '-c' option to nroff. But nroff is
already getting the '-c' option in /etc/man.config, and I've still got

NROFF           /usr/bin/nroff -c -mandoc

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. 'man man'
Actual results: color output

Expected results:
Either 'nroff -c -mandoc' should be producing monochrome output, or
man's manpage should tell me how to switch off color output. 

Additional info:

gunzip -c /usr/share/man/man1/man.1.gz |/usr/bin/gtbl |/usr/bin/nroff
-c -mandoc |more

produces the same (color) output. I'm pretty sure that's what man is
doing under the hood.
Comment 1 Joe Bayes 2004-06-14 01:50:33 EDT
I'm now running Fedora Core 2, with man-1.5m2-6, and I've still got
the same problem. 
Comment 2 Joe Bayes 2004-07-18 20:10:02 EDT
Putting the line:
in my .Xdefaults seems to have turned off the worst of the color.
There's still some, but at least the annoying hard-to-read blue is gone. 
Comment 3 Eido Inoue 2004-11-09 18:36:53 EST
"-b" (or NOCOLOR in the conf file) will turn off color in the latest
rawhide (by prefixing a ".color 0" groff request to the beginning of
the troff source)

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