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deroff(1)				  User Commands 				deroff(1)

       deroff - remove nroff/troff, tbl, and eqn constructs

       deroff [-m [m | s | l]] [-w] [-i] [filename...]

       deroff  reads  each  of the filenames in sequence and removes all troff(1) requests, macro
       calls, backslash constructs, eqn(1) constructs (between .EQ and .EN   lines,  and  between
       delimiters),  and tbl(1) descriptions, perhaps replacing them with white space (blanks and
       blank lines), and writes the remainder of the file on the standard output. deroff  follows
       chains  of  included  files  (.so  and  .nx  troff  commands);  if a file has already been
       included, a .so naming that file is ignored and a .nx naming that file  terminates  execu-
       tion. If no input file is given, deroff reads the standard input.

       -m    The  -m option may be followed by an m, s, or l. The -mm option causes the macros to
	     be interpreted so that only running text is output (that  is,  no	text  from  macro
	     lines.)   The  -ml  option  forces  the -mm option and also causes deletion of lists
	     associated with the mm macros.

       -w    If the -w option is given, the output is a word list, one ``word''  per  line,  with
	     all  other  characters deleted. Otherwise, the output follows the original, with the
	     deletions mentioned above. In text, a ``word'' is any string that contains at  least
	     two letters and is composed of letters, digits, ampersands (&), and apostrophes (');
	     in a macro call, however, a ``word'' is a string that begins with at least two  let-
	     ters  and	contains a total of at least three letters. Delimiters are any characters
	     other than letters, digits, apostrophes, and ampersands.  Trailing  apostrophes  and
	     ampersands are removed from ``words.''

       -i    The  -i option causes  deroff to ignore  .so and  .nx commands.

       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |      ATTRIBUTE TYPE	     |	    ATTRIBUTE VALUE	   |
       |Availability		     |SUNWdoc			   |

       eqn(1), nroff(1), tbl(1), troff(1), attributes(5)

       deroff  is  not	a complete troff interpreter, so it can be confused by subtle constructs.
       Most such errors result in too much rather than too little output.

       The -ml option does not handle nested lists correctly.

SunOS 5.11				   14 Sep 1992					deroff(1)
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