Instead of open many buffers I wish to have the same buffer for all calls to the man.

  • somthing like dired-find-alternate-file but for man is desiderable Oct 5, 2018 at 16:53
  • I have already (setq-default Man-notify-method 'pushy) Oct 5, 2018 at 16:55
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    Define a command that calls kill-buffer and then calls man...
    – Drew
    Oct 6, 2018 at 0:34
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    In the commentary in man.el there is a TODO item that says: "Allow a user option to mean that all the manpages should go in the same buffer, where they can be browsed with M-n and M-p." :)
    – Omar
    Oct 6, 2018 at 0:38
  • I found that what you're asking is the default behaviour of woman, an Elisp replacement of man already present in Emacs. (M-x woman)
    – kotchwane
    May 13, 2020 at 18:41

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Here's a function following @Drew's excellent suggestion:

(defun last-man-standing ()
  (kill-matching-buffers "^\*Man .*\*" nil t)
  (call-interactively #'man))

A couple of notes:

  1. I used call-interactively to preserve man's fancy guessing of which man page you want.

  2. I didn't know that kill-matching-buffers existed, but since Emacs often has exactly the function you need I went C-h f kill-match TAB and sure enough, it was there.

  • and then: (bind-key [remap man] 'last-man-standing)
    – Heikki
    Oct 6, 2018 at 6:51
  • This will not work for hyperlinks in the man buffer.
    – ceving
    Dec 17, 2022 at 10:28

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