pinfo: A new viewpoint is always welcome

This is subtle, so it might take a few passes before you can see what’s going on here:

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That’s pinfo, and it’s perusing its own man page. But pinfo is hard-wired to follow “links,” which I quoted because those aren’t really links like you’re used to in a browser.

So if you watch closely you can see where it jumps from pinfo to curs_getch, then wresize, then resizeterm, and so forth. Almost like a browser, but through man pages.

I really like this. More than once I’ve wanted to jump through man pages like web pages, and this can do it from the console, and with color, and offline if necessary.

pinfo doesn’t just peruse man pages though, it can handle info files and has a few other options to investigate. Both Arch and Debian have pinfo in their repos.

I’m going to try to use this as my $PAGER and see if it creates any havoc. I expect to have it jump into view whenever a program calls for a help page, but that’s just my expectations.

More news later. 😉

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2 thoughts on “pinfo: A new viewpoint is always welcome

  1. alexdantas

    Thanks for the tip. What I like about pinfo the most are it’s
    customizable keybindings and colors.

    Any news on using it as your $PAGER?
    I kinda feel confused on the differences between `most`, `more`, `less` and similars.

  2. Caio César

    pinfo is particulary useful for browsing info pages. Try using pinfo for getting information about bash, zsh, groff, emacs etc.

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