docbook-to-man(1) General Commands Manual docbook-to-man(1)
docbook-to-man -- convert DocBook SGML into roff -man macros
docbook-to-man [source.sgml] [>] [destination.1]
The docbook-to-man tool is a batch converter that transforms UNIX-style
manpages from the DocBook SGML DTD into nroff/troff -man macros.
docbook-to-man is the shell command that runs the low-level components
to translate a single DocBook SGML document instance (whose document
element is <RefEntry>) into pretty-much vanilla -man macros, with
tables rendered in tbl.
This is not the original version by Fred Dalrymple, but one with the
ANS Modifications by David Bolen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This manual page and some small changes are by W. Borgert deba-
email@example.com for Debian GNU/Linux. Permission is granted to copy,
distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free
Documentation License, Version 1.1 or any later version published by
the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-
Cover Texts and no Back-Cover Texts.
White space and special characters
If you want to use tabs in your manpage you should use <programlist-
ing>, <literal> or <screen> and invoke docbook-to-man with INSTANT_OPT
set to a tab character. Be aware that multiple tabs will be collapsed
When you want to collapse white space into one, you should invoke doc-
book-to-man with INSTANT_OPT set to a space character.
Special characters like \, ' or . will not be interpreted if you set
INSTANT_OPT to a space or tab character.
If the variable INSTANT_OPT is not set, the instant(1) is called with
the parameter -d by docbook-to-man. If you don't want this, e.g. if
you want to use some special characters literally in your SGML file,
you can set INSTANT_OPT to just a space character:
INSTANT_OPT=" " docbook-to-man src.sgml > dst.1
Note: The better way to use special characters like ^ or > is to write
them in the SGML way, i.e. ⁁ or >.
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