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Pod::Man(3pm)			 Perl Programmers Reference Guide		    Pod::Man(3pm)

       Pod::Man - Convert POD data to formatted *roff input

	   use Pod::Man;
	   my $parser = Pod::Man->new (release => $VERSION, section => 8);

	   # Read POD from STDIN and write to STDOUT.

	   # Read POD from file.pod and write to file.1.
	   $parser->parse_from_file ('file.pod', 'file.1');

       Pod::Man is a module to convert documentation in the POD format (the preferred language
       for documenting Perl) into *roff input using the man macro set.	The resulting *roff code
       is suitable for display on a terminal using nroff(1), normally via man(1), or printing
       using troff(1).	It is conventionally invoked using the driver script pod2man, but it can
       also be used directly.

       As a derived class from Pod::Parser, Pod::Man supports the same methods and interfaces.
       See Pod::Parser for all the details; briefly, one creates a new parser with
       "Pod::Man->new()" and then calls either parse_from_filehandle() or parse_from_file().

       new() can take options, in the form of key/value pairs that control the behavior of the
       parser.	See below for details.

       If no options are given, Pod::Man uses the name of the input file with any trailing
       ".pod", ".pm", or ".pl" stripped as the man page title, to section 1 unless the file ended
       in ".pm" in which case it defaults to section 3, to a centered title of "User Contributed
       Perl Documentation", to a centered footer of the Perl version it is run with, and to a
       left-hand footer of the modification date of its input (or the current date if given STDIN
       for input).

       Pod::Man assumes that your *roff formatters have a fixed-width font named CW.  If yours is
       called something else (like CR), use the "fixed" option to specify it.  This generally
       only matters for troff output for printing.  Similarly, you can set the fonts used for
       bold, italic, and bold italic fixed-width output.

       Besides the obvious pod conversions, Pod::Man also takes care of formatting func(),
       func(3), and simple variable references like $foo or @bar so you don't have to use code
       escapes for them; complex expressions like $fred{'stuff'} will still need to be escaped,
       though.	It also translates dashes that aren't used as hyphens into en dashes, makes long
       dashes--like this--into proper em dashes, fixes "paired quotes," makes C++ look right,
       puts a little space between double underbars, makes ALLCAPS a teeny bit smaller in troff,
       and escapes stuff that *roff treats as special so that you don't have to.

       The recognized options to new() are as follows.	All options take a single argument.

	   Sets the centered page header to use instead of "User Contributed Perl Documentation".

	   Sets the left-hand footer.  By default, the modification date of the input file will
	   be used, or the current date if stat() can't find that file (the case if the input is
	   from STDIN), and the date will be formatted as YYYY-MM-DD.

	   The fixed-width font to use for vertabim text and code.  Defaults to CW.  Some systems
	   may want CR instead.  Only matters for troff output.

	   Bold version of the fixed-width font.  Defaults to CB.  Only matters for troff output.

	   Italic version of the fixed-width font (actually, something of a misnomer, since most
	   fixed-width fonts only have an oblique version, not an italic version).  Defaults to
	   CI.	Only matters for troff output.

	   Bold italic (probably actually oblique) version of the fixed-width font.  Pod::Man
	   doesn't assume you have this, and defaults to CB.  Some systems (such as Solaris) have
	   this font available as CX.  Only matters for troff output.

	   Set the name of the manual page.  Without this option, the manual name is set to the
	   uppercased base name of the file being converted unless the manual section is 3, in
	   which case the path is parsed to see if it is a Perl module path.  If it is, a path
	   like ".../lib/Pod/Man.pm" is converted into a name like "Pod::Man".	This option, if
	   given, overrides any automatic determination of the name.

	   Sets the quote marks used to surround C<> text.  If the value is a single character,
	   it is used as both the left and right quote; if it is two characters, the first char-
	   acter is used as the left quote and the second as the right quoted; and if it is four
	   characters, the first two are used as the left quote and the second two as the right

	   This may also be set to the special value "none", in which case no quote marks are
	   added around C<> text (but the font is still changed for troff output).

	   Set the centered footer.  By default, this is the version of Perl you run Pod::Man
	   under.  Note that some system an macro sets assume that the centered footer will be a
	   modification date and will prepend something like "Last modified: "; if this is the
	   case, you may want to set "release" to the last modified date and "date" to the ver-
	   sion number.

	   Set the section for the ".TH" macro.  The standard section numbering convention is to
	   use 1 for user commands, 2 for system calls, 3 for functions, 4 for devices, 5 for
	   file formats, 6 for games, 7 for miscellaneous information, and 8 for administrator
	   commands.  There is a lot of variation here, however; some systems (like Solaris) use
	   4 for file formats, 5 for miscellaneous information, and 7 for devices.  Still others
	   use 1m instead of 8, or some mix of both.  About the only section numbers that are
	   reliably consistent are 1, 2, and 3.

	   By default, section 1 will be used unless the file ends in .pm in which case section 3
	   will be selected.

       The standard Pod::Parser method parse_from_filehandle() takes up to two arguments, the
       first being the file handle to read POD from and the second being the file handle to write
       the formatted output to.  The first defaults to STDIN if not given, and the second
       defaults to STDOUT.  The method parse_from_file() is almost identical, except that its two
       arguments are the input and output disk files instead.  See Pod::Parser for the specific

       roff font should be 1 or 2 chars, not "%s"
	   (F) You specified a *roff font (using "fixed", "fixedbold", etc.) that wasn't either
	   one or two characters.  Pod::Man doesn't support *roff fonts longer than two charac-
	   ters, although some *roff extensions do (the canonical versions of nroff and troff
	   don't either).

       Invalid link %s
	   (W) The POD source contained a "L<>" formatting code that Pod::Man was unable to
	   parse.  You should never see this error message; it probably indicates a bug in

       Invalid quote specification "%s"
	   (F) The quote specification given (the quotes option to the constructor) was invalid.
	   A quote specification must be one, two, or four characters long.

       %s:%d: Unknown command paragraph "%s".
	   (W) The POD source contained a non-standard command paragraph (something of the form
	   "=command args") that Pod::Man didn't know about.  It was ignored.

       %s:%d: Unknown escape E<%s>
	   (W) The POD source contained an "E<>" escape that Pod::Man didn't know about.  "E<%s>"
	   was printed verbatim in the output.

       %s:%d: Unknown formatting code %s
	   (W) The POD source contained a non-standard formatting code (something of the form
	   "X<>") that Pod::Man didn't know about.  It was ignored.

       %s:%d: Unmatched =back
	   (W) Pod::Man encountered a "=back" command that didn't correspond to an "=over" com-

       Eight-bit input data isn't handled at all well at present.  The correct approach would be
       to map E<> escapes to the appropriate UTF-8 characters and then do a translation pass on
       the output according to the user-specified output character set.  Unfortunately, we can't
       send eight-bit data directly to the output unless the user says this is okay, since some
       vendor *roff implementations can't handle eight-bit data.  If the *roff implementation
       can, however, that's far superior to the current hacked characters that only work under

       There is currently no way to turn off the guesswork that tries to format unmarked text
       appropriately, and sometimes it isn't wanted (particularly when using POD to document
       something other than Perl).

       The NAME section should be recognized specially and index entries emitted for everything
       in that section.  This would have to be deferred until the next section, since extraneous
       things in NAME tends to confuse various man page processors.

       Pod::Man doesn't handle font names longer than two characters.  Neither do most troff
       implementations, but GNU troff does as an extension.  It would be nice to support as an
       option for those who want to use it.

       The preamble added to each output file is rather verbose, and most of it is only necessary
       in the presence of E<> escapes for non-ASCII characters.  It would ideally be nice if all
       of those definitions were only output if needed, perhaps on the fly as the characters are

       Pod::Man is excessively slow.

       The handling of hyphens and em dashes is somewhat fragile, and one may get the wrong one
       under some circumstances.  This should only matter for troff output.

       When and whether to use small caps is somewhat tricky, and Pod::Man doesn't necessarily
       get it right.

       Pod::Parser, perlpod(1), pod2man(1), nroff(1), troff(1), man(1), man(7)

       Ossanna, Joseph F., and Brian W. Kernighan.  "Troff User's Manual," Computing Science
       Technical Report No. 54, AT&T Bell Laboratories.  This is the best documentation of stan-
       dard nroff and troff.  At the time of this writing, it's available at

       The man page documenting the man macro set may be man(5) instead of man(7) on your system.
       Also, please see pod2man(1) for extensive documentation on writing manual pages if you've
       not done it before and aren't familiar with the conventions.

       The current version of this module is always available from its web site at
       <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/software/podlators/>.  It is also part of the Perl core dis-
       tribution as of 5.6.0.

       Russ Allbery <rra@stanford.edu>, based very heavily on the original pod2man by Tom Chris-
       tiansen <tchrist@mox.perl.com>.

       Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Russ Allbery <rra@stanford.edu>.

       This program is free software; you may redistribute it and/or modify it under the same
       terms as Perl itself.

perl v5.8.0				    2002-06-01				    Pod::Man(3pm)

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