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NetBSD 6.1.5 - man page for groff (netbsd section 1)

GROFF(1)										 GROFF(1)

       groff - front-end for the groff document formatting system

       groff [-abcegilpstzCEGNRSUVXZ] [-d cs] [-f fam] [-F dir] [-I dir] [-L arg] [-m name]
	     [-M dir] [-n num] [-o list] [-P arg] [-r cn] [-T dev] [-w name] [-W name] [file ...]
       groff -h | --help
       groff -v | --version [option ...]

       The command line is parsed according to the usual GNU convention.  The whitespace  between
       a  command line option and its argument is optional.  Options can be grouped behind a sin-
       gle - (minus character).  A filename of - (minus character) denotes the standard input.

       This document describes the groff program, the main front-end for the groff document  for-
       matting system.	The groff program and macro suite is the implementation of a roff(7) sys-
       tem within the free software collection GNU <http://www.gnu.org>.  The  groff  system  has
       all features of the classical roff, but adds many extensions.

       The  groff program allows to control the whole groff system by command line options.  This
       is a great simplification in comparison to the classical case (which uses pipes only).

       As groff is a wrapper program for troff both programs share a set  of  options.	 But  the
       groff  program  has  some additional, native options and gives a new meaning to some troff
       options.  On the other hand, not all troff options can be fed into groff.

   Native groff Options
       The following options either do not exist for troff  or	are  differently  interpreted  by

       -e     Preprocess with eqn.

       -g     Preprocess with grn.

       -G     Preprocess with grap.

       -h --help
	      Print a help message.

       -I dir This  option  may be used to specify a directory to search for files (both those on
	      the command line and those named in .psbb and .so requests, and \X'ps: import'  and
	      \X'ps:  file'  escapes).	 The  current  directory  is always searched first.  This
	      option may be specified more than once; the directories will  be	searched  in  the
	      order  specified.   No  directory  search is performed for files specified using an
	      absolute path.  This option implies the -s option.

       -l     Send the output to a spooler program for printing.  The command that should be used
	      for  this  is  specified	by  the print command in the device description file, see
	      groff_font(5).  If this command is not present, the output is piped into the lpr(1)
	      program by default.  See options -L and -X.

       -L arg Pass  arg  to the spooler program.  Several arguments should be passed with a sepa-
	      rate -L option each.  Note that groff does not prepend -	(a  minus  sign)  to  arg
	      before passing it to the spooler program.

       -N     Don't  allow  newlines within eqn delimiters.  This is the same as the -N option in

       -p     Preprocess with pic.

       -P -option
       -P -option -P arg
	      Pass -option or -option arg to the postprocessor.  The  option  must  be	specified
	      with  the  necessary  preceding  minus  sign(s)  '-' or '--' because groff does not
	      prepend any dashes before passing it to the postprocessor.  For example, to pass	a
	      title to the gxditview postprocessor, the shell command

	      sh# groff -X -P -title -P 'groff it' foo

	      is equivalent to

	      sh# groff -X -Z foo | gxditview -title 'groff it' -

       -R     Preprocess with refer.  No mechanism is provided for passing arguments to refer be-
	      cause most refer options have equivalent language elements that  can  be	specified
	      within the document.  See refer(1) for more details.

       -s     Preprocess with soelim.

       -S     Safer  mode.   Pass  the -S option to pic and disable the following troff requests:
	      .open, .opena, .pso, .sy, and .pi.  For security reasons, safer mode is enabled  by

       -t     Preprocess with tbl.

       -T dev Set  output  device to dev.  For this device, troff generates the intermediate out-
	      put; see groff_out(5).  Then groff calls a postprocessor to convert troff's  inter-
	      mediate output to its final format.  Real devices in groff are

		     dvi    TeX DVI format (postprocessor is grodvi).

		     html   HTML  output (preprocessors are soelim and pre-grohtml, postprocessor
			    is post-grohtml).

		     lbp    Canon CAPSL printers (LBP-4 and LBP-8 series laser printers; postpro-
			    cessor is grolbp).

		     lj4    HP LaserJet4 compatible (or other PCL5 compatible) printers (postpro-
			    cessor is grolj4).

		     ps     PostScript output (postprocessor is grops).

	      For the following TTY output devices (postprocessor is always grotty),  -T  selects
	      the output encoding:

		     ascii  7bit ASCII.

		     cp1047 Latin-1 character set for EBCDIC hosts.

		     latin1 ISO 8859-1.

		     utf8   Unicode character set in UTF-8 encoding.

	      The  following  arguments  select  gxditview as the `postprocessor' (it is rather a
	      viewing program):

		     X75    75dpi resolution, 10pt document base font.

		     X75-12 75dpi resolution, 12pt document base font.

		     X100   100dpi resolution, 10pt document base font.

			    100dpi resolution, 12pt document base font.

	      The default device is ps.

       -U     Unsafe mode.  Reverts to the (old) unsafe behaviour; see option -S.

       -v --version
	      Output version information of groff and of all programs that are run  by	it;  that
	      is,  the	given  command line is parsed in the usual way, passing -v to all subpro-

       -V     Output the pipeline that would be run by groff (as a wrapper program) on the  stan-
	      dard  output, but do not execute it.  If given more than once, the commands will be
	      both printed on the standard error and run.

       -X     Use gxditview instead of using the usual postprocessor  to  (pre)view  a	document.
	      The printing spooler behavior as outlined with options -l and -L is carried over to
	      gxditview(1)  by	determining  an  argument  for	the   -printCommand   option   of
	      gxditview(1).   This sets the default Print action and the corresponding menu entry
	      to that value.  -X only produces good results with -Tps, -TX75,  -TX75-12,  -TX100,
	      and  -TX100-12.	The  default resolution for previewing -Tps output is 75dpi; this
	      can be changed by passing the -resolution option to gxditview, for example

	      sh# groff -X -P-resolution -P100 -man foo.1

       -z     Suppress output generated by troff.  Only error messages will be printed.

       -Z     Print the groff intermediate output to standard output; see groff_out(5).  Normally
	      groff  calls  automatically a postprocessor.  With this option, the output of troff
	      for the device, the so-called intermediate output is issued without postprocessing.

   Transparent Options
       The following options are transparently handed over to the formatter program troff that is
       called by groff subsequently.  These options are described in more detail in troff(1).

       -a     ascii approximation of output.

       -b     backtrace on error or warning.

       -c     disable color output.  Please consult the grotty(1) man page for more details.

       -C     enable compatibility mode.

       -d cs
       -d name=s
	      define string.

       -E     disable troff error messages.

       -f fam set default font family.

       -F dir set path for font DESC files.

       -i     process standard input after the specified input files.

       -m name
	      include macro file name.tmac (or tmac.name); see also groff_tmac(5).

       -M dir path for macro files.

       -n num number the first page num.

       -o list
	      output only pages in list.

       -r cn
       -r name=n
	      set number register.

       -w name
	      enable warning name.

       -W name
	      disable warning name.

       The groff system implements the infrastructure of classical roff; see roff(7) for a survey
       on how a roff system works in general.  Due to the front-end programs available within the
       groff system, using groff is much easier than classical roff.  This section gives an over-
       view of the parts that constitute the groff system.  It complements  roff(7)  with  groff-
       specific  features.   This  section can be regarded as a guide to the documentation around
       the groff system.

   Paper Size
       The virtual paper size used by troff to format the input is controlled globally	with  the
       requests  .po,  .pl,  and  .ll.	See groff_tmac(5) for the `papersize' macro package which
       provides a convenient interface.

       The physical paper size, giving the actual dimensions of the paper sheets,  is  controlled
       by  output  devices like grops with the command line options -p and -l.	See groff_font(5)
       and the man pages of the output devices for more details.  groff uses the command line op-
       tion  -P to pass options to output devices; for example, the following selects A4 paper in
       landscape orientation for the PS device:

	      groff -Tps -P-pa4 -P-l ...

       The groff program is a wrapper around the troff(1) program.  It allows to specify the pre-
       processors by command line options and automatically runs the postprocessor that is appro-
       priate for the selected device.	Doing so, the sometimes tedious piping mechanism of clas-
       sical roff(7) can be avoided.

       The  grog(1)  program  can be used for guessing the correct groff command line to format a

       The groffer(1) program is an allround-viewer for groff files and man pages.

       The groff preprocessors are reimplementations of the classical preprocessors with moderate
       extensions.  The preprocessors distributed with the groff package are

       eqn(1) for mathematical formulae,

       grn(1) for including gremlin(1) pictures,

       pic(1) for drawing diagrams,

	      for bibliographic references,

	      for including macro files from standard locations,


       tbl(1) for tables.

       Besides	these, there are some internal preprocessors that are automatically run with some
       devices.  These aren't visible to the user.

   Macro Packages
       Macro packages can be included by option -m.  The groff system implements and extends  all
       classical macro packages in a compatible way and adds some packages of its own.	Actually,
       the following macro packages come with groff:

       man    The traditional man page format; see groff_man(7).  It can be specified on the com-
	      mand line as -man or -m man.

       mandoc The  general  package  for man pages; it automatically recognizes whether the docu-
	      ments uses the man or the mdoc format and branches to the corresponding macro pack-
	      age.  It can be specified on the command line as -mandoc or -m mandoc.

       mdoc   The  BSD-style man page format; see groff_mdoc(7).  It can be specified on the com-
	      mand line as -mdoc or -m mdoc.

       me     The classical me document format; see groff_me(7).  It can be specified on the com-
	      mand line as -me or -m me.

       mm     The classical mm document format; see groff_mm(7).  It can be specified on the com-
	      mand line as -mm or -m mm.

       ms     The classical ms document format; see groff_ms(7).  It can be specified on the com-
	      mand line as -ms or -m ms.

       www    HTML-like macros for inclusion in arbitrary groff documents; see groff_www(7).

       Details	on  the  naming of macro files and their placement can be found in groff_tmac(5);
       this man page also documents some other, minor  auxiliary  macro  packages  not	mentioned

   Programming Language
       General concepts common to all roff programming languages are described in roff(7).

       The groff extensions to the classical troff language are documented in groff_diff(7).

       The  groff  language  as a whole is described in the (still incomplete) groff info file; a
       short (but complete) reference can be found in groff(7).

       The central roff formatter within the groff system is troff(1).	It provides the  features
       of  both the classical troff and nroff, as well as the groff extensions.  The command line
       option -C switches troff into compatibility mode which tries to emulate classical roff  as
       much as possible.

       There  is a shell script nroff(1) that emulates the behavior of classical nroff.  It tries
       to automatically select the proper output encoding, according to the current locale.

       The formatter program generates intermediate output; see groff_out(7).

       In roff, the output targets are called devices.	A device can be a piece of hardware, e.g.
       a  printer, or a software file format.  A device is specified by the option -T.	The groff
       devices are as follows.

       ascii  Text output using the ascii(7) character set.

       cp1047 Text output using the EBCDIC code page IBM cp1047 (e.g. OS/390 Unix).

       dvi    TeX DVI format.

       html   HTML output.

       latin1 Text output using the ISO Latin-1 (ISO 8859-1) character set; see iso_8859_1(7).

       lbp    Output for Canon CAPSL printers (LBP-4 and LBP-8 series laser printers).

       lj4    HP LaserJet4-compatible (or other PCL5-compatible) printers.

       ps     PostScript output; suitable for printers and previewers like gv(1).

       utf8   Text output using the Unicode (ISO 10646) character set with  UTF-8  encoding;  see

       X75    75dpi  X	Window	System	output	suitable  for  the  previewers	xditview(1x)  and
	      gxditview(1).  A variant for a 12pt document base font is X75-12.

       X100   100dpi X	Window	System	output	suitable  for  the  previewers	xditview(1x)  and
	      gxditview(1).  A variant for a 12pt document base font is X100-12.

       The  postprocessor  to be used for a device is specified by the postpro command in the de-
       vice description file; see groff_font(5).  This can be overridden with the -X option.

       The default device is ps.

       groff provides 3 hardware postprocessors:

	      for some Canon printers,

	      for printers compatible to the HP LaserJet 4 and PCL5,

	      for text output using various encodings, e.g. on text-oriented terminals	or  line-

       Today,  most  printing  or  drawing hardware is handled by the operating system, by device
       drivers, or by software interfaces, usually  accepting  PostScript.   Consequently,  there
       isn't an urgent need for more hardware device postprocessors.

       The groff software devices for conversion into other document file formats are

	      for the DVI format,

	      for HTML format,

	      for PostScript.

       Combined with the many existing free conversion tools this should be sufficient to convert
       a troff document into virtually any existing data format.

       The following utility programs around groff are available.

	      Add information to troff font description files for use with groff.

	      Create font description files for PostScript device.

	      General viewer program for groff files and man pages.

	      The groff X viewer, the GNU version of xditview.

	      Create font description files for lj4 device.

	      Make inverted index for bibliographic databases.

	      Search bibliographic databases.

	      Interactively search bibliographic databases.

	      Translate a PostScript font in .pfb format to ASCII.

	      Create font description files for TeX DVI device.

	      roff viewer distributed with X window.

       Normally, the path separator in the following environment variables is the colon; this may
       vary  depending on the operating system.  For example, DOS and Windows use a semicolon in-

	      This search path, followed by $PATH, will be used for commands that are executed by
	      groff.  If it is not set then the directory where the groff binaries were installed
	      is prepended to PATH.

	      When there is a need to run different roff implementations at the same  time  groff
	      provides	the  facility to prepend a prefix to most of its programs that could pro-
	      voke name clashings at run time (default is to have none).  Historically, this pre-
	      fix  was	the  character	g, but it can be anything.  For example, gtroff stood for
	      groff's troff, gtbl for the groff version of tbl.  By setting  GROFF_COMMAND_PREFIX
	      to  different  values, the different roff installations can be addressed.  More ex-
	      actly, if it is set to prefix xxx then groff as a wrapper program  will  internally
	      call  xxxtroff  instead of troff.  This also applies to the preprocessors eqn, grn,
	      pic, refer, tbl, soelim, and to the utilities indxbib and  lookbib.   This  feature
	      does  not  apply	to any programs different from the ones above (most notably groff
	      itself) since they are unique to the groff package.

	      A list of directories in which to search for the devname directory in  addition  to
	      the default ones.  See troff(1) and groff_font(5) for more details.

	      A list of directories in which to search for macro files in addition to the default
	      directories.  See troff(1) and groff_tmac(5) for more details.

	      The directory in which temporary files will be created.  If this is not set but the
	      environment  variable TMPDIR instead, temporary files will be created in the direc-
	      tory $TMPDIR.  On MS-DOS and Windows 32 platforms, the  environment  variables  TMP
	      and  TEMP (in that order) are searched also, after GROFF_TMPDIR and TMPDIR.  Other-
	      wise,  temporary	files  will  be  created  in  /tmp.   The  refer(1),  groffer(1),
	      grohtml(1), and grops(1) commands use temporary files.

	      Preset  the  default  device.  If this is not set the ps device is used as default.
	      This device name is overwritten by the option -T.

       There are some directories in which groff installs all of its data files.  Due to  differ-
       ent installation habits on different operating systems, their locations are not absolutely
       fixed, but their function is clearly defined and coincides on all systems.

   groff Macro Directory
       This contains all information related to macro packages.  Note that more than a single di-
       rectory is searched for those files as documented in groff_tmac(5).  For the groff instal-
       lation corresponding to this document, it is located at	/usr/share/tmac.   The	following
       files contained in the groff macro directory have a special meaning:

	      Initialization  file  for  troff.   This is interpreted by troff before reading the
	      macro sets and any input.

	      Final startup file for troff, it is parsed after all macro sets have been read.

	      Macro file for macro package name.

   groff Font Directory
       This contains all information related to output devices.  Note that more than a single di-
       rectory is searched for those files; see troff(1).  For the groff installation correspond-
       ing to this document, it is located at /usr/share/groff_font.  The  following  files  con-
       tained in the groff font directory have a special meaning:

	      Device description file for device name, see groff_font(5).

	      Font file for font F of device name.

       The  following  example	illustrates  the  power  of the groff program as a wrapper around

       To process a roff file using the preprocessors tbl and pic and the me macro set, classical
       troff had to be called by

       sh# pic foo.me | tbl | troff -me -Tlatin1 | grotty

       Using groff, this pipe can be shortened to the equivalent command

       sh# groff -p -t -me -T latin1 foo.me

       An  even easier way to call this is to use grog(1) to guess the preprocessor and macro op-
       tions and execute the generated command (by using backquotes to specify shell command sub-

       sh# `grog -Tlatin1 foo.me`

       The simplest way is to view the contents in an automated way by calling

       sh# groffer foo.me

       On  EBCDIC  hosts  (e.g.  OS/390  Unix), output devices ascii and latin1 aren't available.
       Similarly, output for EBCDIC code page cp1047 is not available on  ASCII  based	operating

       Report  bugs  to  bug-groff@gnu.org.  Include a complete, self-contained example that will
       allow the bug to be reproduced, and say which version of groff you are using.

       Information on how to get groff and related information is available at the GNU website
       <http://www.gnu.org/software/groff>.   The most recent released version of groff is avail-
       able for anonymous ftp at the groff development site <ftp://ftp.ffii.org/pub/groff/devel/

       Three groff mailing lists are available:

	      for reporting bugs,

	      for general discussion of groff,

	      a read-only list showing logs of commitments to the CVS repository.

       Details	on  CVS access and much more can be found in the file README at the top directory
       of the groff source package.

       There  is  a  free  implementation  of  the  grap  preprocessor,  written  by  Ted   Faber
       <faber@lunabase.org>.  The actual version can be found at the grap website <http://
       www.lunabase.org/~faber/Vault/software/grap/>.  This is the only grap version supported by

       Copyright (C) 1989, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.

       This  document  is distributed under the terms of the FDL (GNU Free Documentation License)
       version 1.1 or later.  You should have received a copy of the FDL on your  system,  it  is
       also available on-line at the GNU copyleft site <http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html>.

       This   document	is  based  on  the  original  groff  man  page	written  by  James  Clark
       <jjc@jclark.com>.  It was rewritten, enhanced, and put under  the  FDL  license	by  Bernd
       Warken.	It is maintained by Werner Lemberg <wl@gnu.org>.

       groff is a GNU free software project.  All parts of the groff package are protected by GNU
       copyleft licenses.  The software files are distributed under the terms of the GNU  General
       Public  License (GPL), while the documentation files mostly use the GNU Free Documentation
       License (FDL).

       The groff info file contains all information on the groff system within a single document.
       Beneath the detailed documentation of all aspects, it provides examples and background in-
       formation.  See info(1) on how to read it.

       Due to its complex structure, the groff system has many man pages.  They can be read  with
       man(1) or groffer(1).

       Introduction, history and further readings:

       Viewer for groff files:
	      groffer(1), gxditview(1), xditview(1x).

       Wrapper programs for formatters:
	      groff(1), grog(1).

       Roff preprocessors:
	      eqn(1), grn(1), pic(1), refer(1), soelim(1), tbl(1), grap(1).

       Roff language with the groff extensions:
	      groff(7), groff_char(7), groff_diff(7), groff_font(5).

       Roff formatter programs:
	      nroff(1), troff(1), ditroff(7).

       The    intermediate output language: groff_out(7).

       Postprocessors for the output devices:
	      grodvi(1), grohtml(1), grolbp(1), grolj4(1), lj4_font(5), grops(1), grotty(1).

       Groff macro packages and macro-specific utilities:
	      groff_tmac(5),	 groff_man(7),	   groff_mdoc(7),    groff_me(7),    groff_mm(7),
	      groff_mmse(7), groff_mom(7), groff_ms(7), groff_www(7), groff_trace(7), mmroff(7).

       The following utilities are available:
	      addftinfo(1), afmtodit(1), eqn2graph(1), grap2graph(1),  groffer(1),  gxditview(1),
	      hpftodit(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), pfbtops(1), pic2graph(1), tfmtodit(1).

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