Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 9th Aug 2017 21:50 UTC
General Unix

In what's never going to be a regular occurance, I'm linking to a Twitter thread. Chris Espinosa tweets:

Just as I was wrapping up an email and getting ready to leave work, a co-worker rolled his chair over to show me an "interesting" thing.

Go ahead, read it.

UNIX, man. Not even once.

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It might be possible that in your environment the control characters are stripped automatically. Maybe your man's roff implementation (nroff, groff, troff, etc) behaves different, maybe the shell changes $PAGER for the process to something else than the traditional "less" upon redirection...

I actually expected the behavior you saw-- even did hexdump -C to verify there are no hidden control characters.

Interestingly, under FreeBSD, I get the behavior described above-- control characters and double-characters for bold text.

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