I tried this and got an error:
man: command exited with status 3: /usr/bin/zsoelim | /usr/lib/man-db/manconv -f UTF-8:ISO-8859-1 -t UTF-8//IGNORE | preconv -e UTF-8 | tbl | groff -mandoc -Thtml
I used gedit to modify my .bashrc, so I was wondering whether gedit or vi was playing a trick on me.
As it turned out, I went into Synaptic Package Manager and found that I had groff-base installed but not groff (on my LM9-gnome system). groff's description includes, "This package contains additional devices and drivers for output to...HTML... " So I installed groff and voila, it works fine.
Thanks, Habitual, way to find a useful option!
Do you know of an analogous one for the info pages?
Check out http://linux.die.net/