manconv(1) — Linux manual page


MANCONV(1)                   Manual pager utils                   MANCONV(1)

NAME         top

       manconv - convert manual page from one encoding to another

SYNOPSIS         top

       manconv -f [from-code[:from-code...]] -t to-code [-dqhV] [filename]

DESCRIPTION         top

       manconv converts a manual page from one encoding to another, like
       iconv.  Unlike iconv, it can try multiple possible input encodings in
       sequence.  This is useful for manual pages installed in directories
       without an explicit encoding declaration, since they may be in UTF-8
       or in a legacy character set.

       If an encoding declaration is found on the first line of the manual
       page, that declaration overrides any input encodings specified on
       manconv's command line.  Encoding declarations have the following

              '\" -*- coding: UTF-8 -*-

       or (if manual page preprocessors are also to be declared):

              '\" t -*- coding: ISO-8859-1 -*-

OPTIONS         top

       -f encodings, --from-code encodings
              Try each of encodings (a colon-separated list) in sequence as
              the input encoding.  The default is to guess likely input
              encodings based on the file name.

       -t encoding, --to-code encoding
              Convert the manual page to encoding.

       -q, --quiet
              Do not issue error messages when the page cannot be converted.

       -d, --debug
              Print debugging information.

       -h, --help
              Print a help message and exit.

       -V, --version
              Display version information.

SEE ALSO         top

       iconv(1), man(1), @TRANS_MAN_RECODE@(1)

AUTHOR         top

       Colin Watson (

BUGS         top

COLOPHON         top

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2.8.4                            2018-07-27                       MANCONV(1)

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