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man - macros to typeset manual
nroff -man file ...
troff -man file ...
These macros are used to lay out pages of this manual. A skeleton page may be found in
the file /usr/man/man0/xx.
Any text argument t may be zero to six words. Quotes may be used to include blanks in a
`word'. If text is empty, the 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 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 setting macros.
These strings are predefined by -man:
\*R `(Reg)', trademark symbol in troff.
\*S Change to default type size.
Relative indents don't nest.
Request Cause If no Explanation Break Argument
t no t=n.t.l.*Text t is bold. t no t=n.t.l. Join
words of t alternating bold and italic. t no t=n.t.l. Join
words of t alternating bold and Roman.
i. Begin paragraph with hanging indent. t no t=n.t.l. Text t is italic.
t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating italic and bold.
x x. t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating italic and Roman.
Set prevailing indent to .5i.
Set prevailing indent to amount of starting .RS. t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating
Roman and bold. t no t=n.t.l. Join words of t alternating Roman and italic.
move left margin in distance i. Set prevailing indent to .5i for nested indents.
t yes t=n.t.l. Subhead.
t no t=n.t.l. Text t is small.
n(c) named n(c)
n of chapter c; x is extra commentary, e.g. `local', for page foot. Set prevailing indent
and tabs to .5i.
i. Begin indented paragraph with hanging 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
page x yes - Begin n(c)
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