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2.1 db2x_manxml


db2x_manxml — Make man pages from Man-XML


db2x_manxml [options] [xml-document]


db2x_manxml converts a Man-XML document into one or more man pages. They are written in the current directory.

If xml-document is not given, then the document to convert is read from standard input.


Select the character encoding used for the output files. The available encodings are those of iconv(1). The default encoding is us-ascii.

The XML source may contain characters that are not representable in the encoding that you select; in this case the program will bomb out during processing, and you should choose another encoding. (This is guaranteed not to happen with any Unicode encoding such as UTF-8, but unfortunately not everyone is able to process Unicode texts.)

If you are using GNU's version of iconv(1), you can affix //TRANSLIT to the end of the encoding name to attempt transliterations of any unconvertible characters in the output. Beware, however, that the really inconvertible characters will be turned into another of those damned question marks. (Aren't you sick of this?)

Write a list of all the output files to standard output, in addition to normal processing.
Write the output to standard output instead of to individual files.

If this option is used even when there are supposed to be multiple output documents, then everything is concatenated to standard output. But beware that most other programs will not accept this concatenated output.

This option is incompatible with --list-files, obviously.

Show brief usage information and exit.
Show version and exit.

Some man pages may be referenced under two or more names, instead of just one. For example, strcpy(3) and strncpy(3) often point to the same man page which describes the two functions together. Choose one of the following options to select how such man pages are to be generated:

For each of all the alternate names for a man page, erect symbolic links to the file that contains the real man page content.
Generate stub pages (using .so roff requests) for the alternate names, pointing them to the real man page content.
Do not make any alternative names available. The man page can only be referenced under its principal name.

This program uses certain other programs for its operation. If they are not in their default installed locations, then use the following options to set their location:

Use the character map charmap with the utf8trans program, included with docbook2X, found under path.
The location of the iconv(1) program, used for encoding conversions.

See Also

The input to db2x_manxml is defined by the XML DTD present at dtd/Man-XML in the docbook2X distribution.