|Description||Man page lookup integration into Emacs|
|Author||F. J. Wright|
|Part of Emacs||yes, since Emacs 21|
Woman (WithOut Man) is a program to browse Unix manual pages without calling the external man utility. This presents both advantages and disadvantages over the classical man package, which uses the external man tool to format manpages:
- [advantage] it is entirely integrated in Emacs and does not require external dependencies (which is useful on non-UNIX platforms where these dependencies might not be installed);
- [disadvantage] it does not provide a complete support of the roff language; complex manpages might not be fully rendered.
WoMan is integrated in Emacs should work out of the box. Simply type e.g. M-x woman RET bash RET to see the bash manual page. If the topic name you enter is available in multiple sections, you'll have to choose the correct one interactively afterwards.
- Jump to a specific section within the manpage.
- Jump to the next/previous manpage section.
- Open another manpage.
- Quit the manpage, and bury/kill the buffer.
- Introduction (`(info "(woman) Introduction")')