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2 Converting to man pages

docbook2X converts DocBook to man pages in two steps:

  1. The DocBook source is converted by a stylesheet into an intermediate XML format, Man-XML.

    Man-XML is simpler than DocBook and closer to the man page format; it is intended to make the stylesheets' job easier.

    The stylesheet for this purpose is in xslt/man/docbook.xsl. For portability, it should always be referred to by the following URI:


    Run this stylesheet with db2x_xsltproc.

  2. Man-XML is converted to the actual man pages by db2x_manxml.

The docbook2man (see Wrapper scripts manual page) command does both steps automatically, but if any problems occur, you can see the errors more clearly if you do each step separately:

     $ db2x_xsltproc -s man mydoc.xml -o mydoc.mxml
     $ db2x_manxml mydoc.mxml