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NAME - convert DocBook RefEntries to man pages SYNOPSIS
sgmlspl nsgmls [ sgml document ]| sgmlspl DESCRIPTION
docbook2man is a sgmlspl spec file that produced man pages (using the -man macros) from DocBook RefEntry markup. The program reads ESIS produced by nsgmls (or other SGML parsers) from standard input. Markup not found in RefEntry is discarded. Its output, the converted man pages, are written to the current directory. If RefMeta information is not specified in a RefEntry, then the man page will be written to standard output. The file manpage.links will also be created, which contains any aliases of the manpages generated. This file is in the format: <man page> <alias manpage> The manpage.refs file keeps track of XRef references. Note that if the input document has any forward references, then docbook2man may have to be invoked twice (the first time updating manpage.refs) to resolve them. REQUIREMENTS
The SGMLSpm package from CPAN. This package includes the sgmlspl script that is also needed. LIMITATIONS
Trying docbook2man on non-DocBook or non-conformant SGML results in undefined behavior. :-) This program is a slow, dodgy Perl script. This program does not come close to supporting all the possible markup in DocBook, and may produce wrong output in some cases with sup- ported markup. TO DO
Obvious stuff: o Fix docbook2man breakages found in the test documents, especially weird.sgml. o Add new element handling and fix existing handling. Be robust. o Produce cleanest, readable man output as possible (unlike some other converters). Follow Linux man(7) convention. As conversion to man pages is usually not done very often, it is better to be slower/more complicated than to produce wrong output. Also if someone wants to give up using DocBook for whatever reason, the last-converted man pages can then be maintained manually. o Make it faster. I think most of the speed problems so far is with parsing ESIS. Rewrite with C and/or get input directly from SP. o Support other (human) languages. But what to do with non-ASCII charsets? SGMLSpm doesn't report them and roff does not grok them. [Comment: text after enclosed lists (and SS blocks) will break docbook2man] If we do this, more people can use DocBook. COPYRIGHT
Copyright (C) 1998-1999 Steve Cheng <> This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; see the file COPYING. If not, please write to the Free Software Foundation, 675 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA. 05 February 2003 DOCBOOK2MAN-SPEC.PL(1)

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jw, docbook2dvi, docbook2html, docbook2man, docbook2pdf, docbook2ps, docbook2rtf, docbook2tex, docbook2texi, docbook2txt - (Jade Wrapper) converts SGML files to other formats SYNOPSIS
jw [ -f frontend | --frontend frontend ] [ -b backend | --backend backend ] [ -c file | --cat file ] [ -n | --nostd ] [ -d file|default|none | --dsl file|default|none ] [ -l file | --dcl file ] [ -s path | --sgmlbase path ] [ -p program | --parser program ] [ -o directory | --output directory ] [ -V variable[=value] ] [ -u | --nochunks ] [ -i section | --include section ] [ -w type|list | --warning type|list ] [ -e type|list | --error type|list ] [ -h | --help ] [ -v | --version ] SGML-file docbook2dvi SGML-file docbook2html SGML-file docbook2man SGML-file docbook2pdf SGML-file docbook2ps SGML-file docbook2rtf SGML-file docbook2tex SGML-file docbook2texi SGML-file docbook2txt SGML-file DESCRIPTION
The jw shell script allows to convert a DocBook file (or some other SGML-based format) to other formats (including HTML, RTF, PS and PDF) with an easy-to-understand syntax. It hides most of Jade's or OpenJade complexity and adds comfortable features. Other scripts like docbook2html, docbook2rtf or docbook2ps provide different ways of calling jw that might be easier to remember. For the moment, jw does not handle XML, but only SGML. This utility assumes that several other components are installed. The list includes: o the ISO character entities for SGML o James Clark's DSSSL engine, jade, or an equivalent parser like OpenJade o the DocBook DTD from the OASIS consortium o Norman Walsh's DocBook modular style sheets (or some other set of DSSSL style sheets) o Sebastian Rahtz's jadetex set of TeX macros for jade (for backends intended to "printing" formats like PDF, RTF or PostScript) o A perl interpreter (for backends that use perl) o SGMLSpm from CPAN (for backends that use sgmls) o Lynx HTML browser (for the txt backend) The jw script is basically called like this: jw mydoc.sgml where mydoc.sgml is a SGML file. The command line above uses default options: it converts from DocBook (the default frontend) to HTML (the default backend), does not put the result in a subdirectory (unless specified otherwise in the style sheets), etc. In this example, the "mydoc" file name as well as the ".sgml" extension can be replaced by anything else. Current extensions for SGML Doc- Book files include ".sgml", ".sgm", ".docbook", and ".db". The processed file mydoc.sgml can be in any other directory than the current one. Here we have chosen to generate HTML output. In fact we can use any of the backends stored in the backends/ subdirectory of the DocBook- utils distribution directory (usually /usr/share/sgml/docbook/utils-0.6.12). Similarly, you can use any frontend defined in the frontends/ subdirectory to convert from another input format. This sample command creates one or many HTML files with arbitrary file names in the current directory. This default behavior can be changed through command line options and/or customization style sheets. OPTIONS
The following options apply to the conversion script: -f frontend | --frontend frontend Allows to specify another frontend than default docbook. The list of currently available frontends is: docbook Converts docbook with Norman Walsh's style sheets. This frontend searches in the subdirectories of the base SGML directory for a file named html/docbook.dsl or print/docbook.dsl (depending on the backend's type: html or print). -b backend | --backend backend Allows to specify another backend than default HTML. The list of currently available backends is: dvi Converts to DVI (DeVice Independant files) by calling Jade or OpenJade. html Converts to HTML (HyperText Markup Language) by calling Jade or OpenJade. man Converts a refentry to a Unix manual page by calling docbook2man. Does not work with other SGML document types than DocBook. pdf Converts to PDF (Portable Document Format) by calling Jade or OpenJade. ps Converts to PostScript by calling Jade or OpenJade. rtf Converts to RTF (Rich Text Format) by calling Jade or OpenJade. The resulting file can then be inported into MS Word or one of its Linux replacement programs. tex Converts to TeX by calling Jade or OpenJade. texi Converts to GNU TeXinfo pages by calling docbook2texi. Does not work with other SGML document types than DocBook. txt Converts to a bare text file by calling Jade or OpenJade, then Lynx. -c file | --cat file Allows to use an extra SGML Open Catalog that will list other files like customization style sheets, adaptations to the DocBook Doc- ument Type Definition, special character entities, etc. This catalog is added to the list of catalogs determined by the script (see option --nostd below) -n | --nostd Do not use the standard SGML Open Catalogs. Normally, the standard catalogs list is determined like this: o if the centralized catalog exists, then use it. The centralized catalog is a list of all catalogs that might be necessary that usually resides in /etc/sgml. Its name is provided by the frontend, for example the docbook frontend returns /etc/sgml/sgml-doc- o Otherwise, take all the files named catalog from the subdirectories of the SGML base directory (usually /usr/share/sgml). This option is useful in conjunction with the --cat option to use only the catalogs that are specified on the command line. -d file|default|none | --dsl file|default|none Allows to use a customized style sheet instead of the default one. A "target" starting with a hash mark "#" can be appended to the file name. As a result, only the corresponding part of the style sheet is executed (the "style specification" whose "identificator" is equal to the target's name). A common use of this mechanism is to define "#html" and "#print" targets to trigger the corresponding part of a replacement style sheet which is common for both HTML and printout conversion. By replacing the file name with "default", the default style sheet provided with the frontend is used. For example, the docbook frontend returns ./docbook.dsl#html (or ./docbook.dsl#print) in the SGML base directory. By replacing the file name with "none", no replacement style sheet is used, not even the default style sheet. The style sheet which is used is also determined by the frontend. For example, the docbook frontend returns Norman Walsh's html/docbook.dsl (or print/doc- book.dsl) found somewhere below the SGML base directory. If no --dsl option is specified, then "--dsl default" is used. -l file | --dcl file Allows to use a customized SGML declaration instead of the default one. The file name of the default SGML declaration is not set for SGML files, and is set to xml.dcl in the SGML base directory for XML files. -s path | --sgmlbase path Allows to use another location for the SGML base directory. This is the directory below which all SGML DTDs, style sheets, entities, etc are installed. The default value is /usr/share/sgml. -p program | --parser program Specify the parser to use (Jade or OpenJade) if several are installed. If this option is not specified, the script first tries to use Jade, then it tries OpenJade. -o directory | --output directory Set output directory where all the resulting files will be stored. If the style sheets define a subdirectory where to store the resulting files too, the subdirectory defined by the style sheets will be placed below the subdirectory defined by this option. -V variable=[value] Set a variable (to a value, if one is specified). -u | --nochunks Output only one big file. This option is useful only when generating HTML, because the output can be split into several files. This option overrides the setting that may be done in the style sheets. -i section | --include section Declare a SGML marked section as "include". A SGML marked section is a kind of conditional part of a document. If it is declared "ignore", it will be left ignored, otherwise it will be processed. An example of such a marked section would be: <DOCTYPE mydoc [ <!ENTITY % confidential "ignore"> ]> <mydoc> ... <![ %confidential [ Some confidential text... ]]> ... </mydoc> -w type|list | --warning type|list Enables or disables the display of given types of warnings. Several -w options might be entered on the command line. Warning types that start with "no-" disable the corresponding warnings, the other types enable them. If the warning type is replaced with "list", then a list of allowed warning types is displayed. -e type|list | --error type|list Disables given types of errors. Several -e options might be entered on the command line. All error types start with "no-". If the error type is replaced with "list", then a list of allowed error types is displayed. -h | --help Print a short help message and exit -v | --version Print the version identifier and exit FILES
/etc/sgml/ Centralized SGML open catalog. This file name might vary if another frontend than docbook is used. /usr/share/sgml/docbook/utils-0.6.12/backends The various backends /usr/share/sgml/docbook/utils-0.6.12/frontends The various frontends /usr/share/sgml/docbook/utils-0.6.12/helpers The various helper scripts like docbook2man or docbook2texi AUTHORS
Eric Bischoff (jw shell script and a few backends), Jochem Huhmann (the man and texi backends) SEE ALSO,, install-catalog(8), nsgmls(1), docbook-utils homepage <URL: book-tools/>. 05 February 2003 JW(1)
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