I have been trying to find a way for the OS X Terminal to accept the mouse input to scroll in the man pages.
I have installed SIMBL and MouseTerm but this does not enable scrolling in the man pages. Any sugestions?
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The amount of the man page that you can see at one time is determined by the buffer size. Here is how to change it.
After much trial and error, I have enabled scrolling in vim, but not for man pages.
Append to your ~/.vimrc
set mouse=a set ttymouse=xterm2
The following blog shows how to enable scrolling in vim using iTerm2. It unfortunately does not work on man pages.
As a work around, I would suggest:
*NIXmanual - A widget you enable on your Mac that cointains the man pages
linuxmanpages.com - A website will all linux man pages
Use the standard vim keys 'hjkl' or Shift Page Up andShift Page Down
I know I'm late to the party 🎉 (as usual) but I came across this question today, and only saw one answer that had some external links in it.
So the solution I came up with was to use one of my favorite text editors nvim to handle opening of man pages within a terminal session.
Now, you could go about by setting the
$PAGER environment variable or the
$MANPAGER variable to vim for shell session and I suppose that would work.
But however I decided to write a custom function for my shell, which happens to be fish-shell, however I'm sure both BASH and ZSH both support functions as well.
The reason I chose to go the function route was that I didn't really want to always use nvim as my
PAGER for my own obvious reasons. However, if I could just run a command such as
vman to open a man page within nvim that'd be awesome, thus leaving the
$MANPAGER environment variables intact along with the
man command as well.
So I created a function that looks like the below, added some comments so I'd have understanding of what all the flags are doing, so that way I wouldn't have to 🥁 ...open the man page 😉
function vman --description 'use vim / nvim to read man pages' # col `-b` flag = don't output any backspaces # col `-p` flag = force uknown control sequences # === # iconv `-c` flag = characters that can't be converter are # ...silently discarded # === # nvim `-c` flag = run argument / command after executing nvim # nvim `-R` flag = open "file" in read-only mode # === man $argv | col -bp | iconv -c | nvim -c 'set ft=man nomod nolist' -; end
Obviously your going to need mouse support enabled in vim / nvim which can be done by adding the below line to the respected editors configuration file.