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Bwana is a manual page viewer for your Browser. It parses man pages in real time to provide the most up to date pages in an easy to read format. The pages have links to other man pages, http and email references--the way man pages should have been from the start.

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Version 2.7:
  • Updated Firefox script to work with the Firefox 3.5 (Jeffrey Berman)


Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later

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Jichi Member IconReview+20

Hope the developer can add applescript support, so that I can write a command line script to open manpage in the terminal like "bwana something".

Anyway, Bwana is the one of my indispensible apps to easily convert manpage to webpage. Thanks to the author.

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Version 2.7
Drdul Member IconReview+448

Excellent app! The best way I've found to view man pages. I'm slowly learning UNIX, and having Bwana available to quickly pop up a man page is great. Even better is that Bwana provides hyperlinks to other man pages ('cuz I often start out with the wrong command and need to find the correct one).

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Version 2.4
Bruji (Developer) Member IconDev+34
Bruji (Developer)

To add man paths to your system include them in man configuration file located in /usr/share/misc/man.conf. The format for including another path is a new line with: MANPATH /usr/share/mynewpath. To open a temporary page in a path you don't want to include as part of your man configuration then pass the entire path to Bwana with man:/Users/myuser/Desktop/mansource.1 or man:///Users/myuser/Desktop/mansource.1

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Version 2.1
8bit-Wintermute Member IconComment+1

This is a great program but it seems not to be using MANPATH because I can't make it find any of the Darwinports / fink installed manual pages.

This really limits the usefulness for me

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Version 2.1
Greg Raven Member IconComment+18
Greg Raven

The new version is even better than the previous, and as you can see below, I really liked the previous version. The two main improvements as far as I'm concerned are the addition af a search box on each results page, and the link to the "index" page. Fabulous stuff!

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Version 2.0
Greg Raven Member IconReview+18
Greg Raven

I've seen several other ways of reading man pages that don't involve going to Terminal.app, but Bwana is far and away the best method. I virtually always have Safari open, so man pages are seldom more than a click away. Bwana formats the man pages very nicely, and adds links to other man pages. As nice as Bwana is, it's a shame that most man pages are so poorly written. Bwana deserves better!

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Version 1.9
Vinceleers Member IconComment+3

please add support for omniweb!
otherwise it's great - thanks..

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Version 1.9
Bruji (Developer)

If you want to use Bwana with OmniWeb, add the following lines to the scripts.strings file. (You can access the file by ctlr-clicking the Bwana icon and then navigate to Show package contents/Contents/Resources/scripts.strings) These are the lines you need to include in the script:

tell application "OmniWeb"
GetURL "file://%@"
end tell

(Code comes courtesty of Bwana user Tim M.)

After that save the file and you'll be good to go.

funnellpd Member IconReview+0

Simple and easy, no-hassle install. And you can't beat free.

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Version 1.6
Kballard Member IconComment-1

I think Bwana is really neat, but I think it would be even better if it was done as an internet plugin. That way it would work in all browsers that support internet plugins, it would work transparently in browsers (i.e. no more URL bar going blank, then sitting and waiting and it magically changing to a temporary HTML file).

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Version 1.4
Anonymous Member IconReview

In some locations it seems Bwana only looks into man1 category when it comes to indexing.

It's sort of an easter egg thing but what about "man:Bwana"?

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Version 1.3
Anonymous Member Icon

It looks into all the directories. If a directory is empty it won't list it. So probably at those locations man2, man3..etc are empty directories or don't exist at all. if you do have source files in there let me know I will give it a closer look. Don't have a "man:bwana" I guess I should put one in, but the application is so light and simple at 100k, it hasn't achieved easter egg status yet. :)


man://whatever seems to work (of course replacing whatever with what you are looking up.) and if you us it with Sogudi you can use it like you would in the terminal:
man whatever

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Version 2.7
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Wojtek Surowka
Version 2.7
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Dana Nau
Version 2.7
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Downloads 22,337
Version Downloads 9,381
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 29 Sep 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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