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BSD 2.11 - man page for man (bsd section 7)

MAN(7)					   Miscellaneous Information Manual				       MAN(7)

NAME
man - macros to typeset manual
SYNOPSIS
nroff -man file ... troff -man file ...
DESCRIPTION
These macros are used to lay out pages of this manual. A skeleton page may be found in the file /usr/man/man.template. Any text argument t may be zero to six words. Quotes may be used to include blanks in a `word'. If text is empty, special treatment is applied to the next input line with text to be printed. In this way .I may be used to italicize a whole line, or .SM may be followed by .B to make small bold letters. A prevailing indent distance is remembered between successive indented paragraphs, and is reset to default value upon reaching a non-indented paragraph. Default units for indents i are ens. Type font and size are reset to default values before each paragraph, and after processing font and size set- ting macros. These strings are predefined by -man: \*R `(Reg)', trademark symbol in troff. \*S Change to default type size.
FILES
/usr/share/tmac/tmac.an /usr/man/man.template
SEE ALSO
troff(1), man(1)
BUGS
Relative indents don't nest.
REQUESTS
Request Cause If no Explanation Break Argument .B t no t=n.t.l.*Text t is bold. .BI t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating bold and italic. .BR t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating bold and Roman. .DT no .5i 1i...Restore default tabs. .HP i yes i=p.i.* Set prevailing indent to i. Begin paragraph with hanging indent. .I t no t=n.t.l. Text t is italic. .IB t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating italic and bold. .IP x i yes x="" Same as .TP with tag x. .IR t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating italic and Roman. .LP yes - Same as .PP. .PD d no d=.4v Interparagraph dis- tance is d. .PP yes - Begin paragraph. Set prevailing indent to .5i. .RE yes - End of relative indent. Set prevailing indent to amount of starting .RS. .RB t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating Roman and bold. .RI t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating Roman and italic. .RS i yes i=p.i. Start relative indent, move left margin in distance i. Set pre- vailing indent to .5i for nested indents. .SH t yes t=n.t.l. Subhead. .SM t no t=n.t.l. Text t is small. .TH n c x v m yes -Begin page named n of chapter c; x is extra commentary, e.g. `local', for page foot center; v alters page foot left, e.g. `4th Berkeley Distribution'; m alters page head center, e.g. `Brand X Programmer's Manual'. Set prevailing indent and tabs to .5i. .TP i yes i=p.i. Set prevailing indent to i. Begin indented paragraph with hang- ing tag given by next text line. If tag doesn't fit, place it on separate line. * n.t.l. = next text line; p.i. = prevailing indent 7th Edition October 22, 1996 MAN(7)


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