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       txt2man - convert flat ASCII text to man page format


       txt2man [-hpTX] [-t mytitle] [-P pname] [-r rel] [-s sect]
               [-v vol] [-I txt] [-B txt] [-d date] [ifile]


       txt2man  converts  the  input  text into nroff/troff standard man(7) macros used to format
       Unix manual pages. Nice pages can be generated specially for commands (section 1 or 8)  or
       for  C  functions  reference  (sections  2,  3),  with the ability to recognize and format
       command and function names, flags, types and arguments.

       txt2man is also able to  recognize  and  format  sections,  paragraphs,  lists  (standard,
       numbered, description, nested), cross references and literal display blocks.

       If  input  file  ifile is omitted, standard input is used. Result is displayed on standard

       Here is how text patterns are recognized and processed:

              These headers are defined by a line in upper case, starting column 1. If  there  is
              one  or  more  leading spaces, a sub-section will be generated instead. Optionally,
              the Section name can be preceded by a blank line.  This  is  useful  for  a  better
              visualization of the source text to be used to generate the manpage.

              They  must be separated by a blank line, and left aligned.  Alternatively two blank
              spaces can be used to produce the same result. This option will  provide  a  better
              visualization of the source text to be used to generate the manpage.

       Tag list
              The  item  definition  is  separated  from the item description by at least 2 blank
              spaces, even before a new line, if definition  is  too  long.  Definition  will  be
              emphasized by default.

       Bullet list
              Bullet list items are defined by the first word being "-" or "*" or "o".

       Enumerated list
              The first word must be a number followed by a dot.

       Literal display blocks
              This paragraph type is used to display unmodified text, for example source code. It
              must be separated by a blank line and be indented by a TAB. It is primarily used to
              format  unmodified  source  code.  It  will  be  printed  using fixed font whenever
              possible (troff).

       Cross references
              A cross reference (another man page) is defined by a word followed by a  number  in

       Special sections:

       NAME   The function or command name and short description are set in this section.

              This  section  receives  a  special  treatment  to identify command name, flags and
              arguments, and propagate corresponding attributes later in the text. If  a  C  like
              function  is recognized (word immediately followed by an open parenthesis), txt2man
              will print function name in bold font, types  in  normal  font,  and  variables  in
              italic  font. The whole section will be printed using a fixed font family (courier)
              whenever possible (troff).

       It is a good practice to embed documentation  into  source  code,  by  using  comments  or
       constant  text  variables.  txt2man  allows  one  to  do that, keeping the document source
       readable, usable even without further formatting (i.e. for online help) and easy to write.
       The result is high quality and standard complying document.


       -h     The option -h displays help.

       -d date
              Set date in header. Defaults to current date.

       -P pname
              Set pname as project name in header. Default to uname -s.

       -p     Probe title, section name and volume.

       -t mytitle
              Set mytitle as title of generated man page.

       -r rel Set rel as project name and release.

       -s sect
              Set sect as section in heading, usually a value from 1 to 8.

       -v vol Set vol as volume name, i.e. "Unix user 's manual".

       -I txt Italicize txt in output. Can be specified more than once.

       -B txt Emphasize (bold) txt in output. Can be specified more than once.

       -T     Text result previewing using PAGER, usually more(1).

       -X     X11 result previewing using gxditview(1).


       PAGER  name  of  paging  command,  usually  more(1),  or less(1). If not set falls back to

              Unix timestamp that is used for date in header instead of current date.


       Try this command to format this text itself:

           $ txt2man -h 2>&1 | txt2man -T

       The following command will generate a manpage level 1 to foo-1.1.0 program,  from  foo.txt
       file, used as source code to previously mentioned manpage:

           $ txt2man -d "15 May 2016" -t foo -r foo-1.1.0 -s 1 -v "show stars on screen" foo.txt > foo.1


       To  obtain  an  overall  good  formatting  of  output  document,  keep paragraphs indented
       correctly. If you have unwanted bold sections, search for multiple spaces  between  words,
       which  are  used  to  identify  a  tag  list (term followed by a description). Choose also
       carefully the name of command line or function parameters, as they will be emphasized each
       time they are encountered in the document.


       man(1), mandoc(7), rman(1), groff(1), more(1), gxditview(1), troff(1).


       ยท  Automatic probe (-p option) works only if input is a regular file (i.e.  not stdin).


       Marc Vertes <>