A plugin for the fish-shell.
This plugin installs a fish function wrapper around
man that colorizes styled text (specifically underlined, bold, and standout) to make browsing man pages easier and more enjoyable.
The colors are added by setting environment variables that control how
man's default pager, processes styled text. Why use a wrapper to prepare environment variables when we could simply initialize environment variables on shell startup? Because the environment variables used contain escape sequences that will "overflow" into the output of other commands reading environment variables. See this Stackoverflow question for an explanation.
Credits: This idea was first inspired by Arch Linux wiki.
Note: decors/fish-colored-man is a very similar plugin.
colored_man_pages.fish includes a wrapper to also colorize the output of utilities that rely on less, such as
git help. Conversely,
fish-colored-man allows configuring colors.
$ fisher install patrickf1/colored_man_pages.fish
man as usual, but without changing the pager, to get colored output. For example
$ man less
To execute vanilla
man without colored output, we can bypass the wrapper using
command. For example
$ command man less
To colorize the output of utilities that rely on less, use the
cless (short for colored less) wrapper to configure less before executing the utility.
$ cless git help merge $ cless git help log