Provided by: noweb_2.11b-7_i386
noindex - build external index for noweb document
noindex looks through LaTeX .aux files for identifiers that should go
in a noweb external index. It sorts all identifiers and writes the
results on basename.nwi.
NOWEB INDEXING STRATEGIES
A noweb program consists of one or more files. In the simple case,
these files are run through noweave together, to produce a single LaTeX
file. noweave -index suffices to produce an index and cross-
referencing information; neither nodefs nor noindex is required.
When a noweb program consists of several source files, it is often
better to run each source file through noweave to produce its own LaTeX
file, then use noindex to produce an external index. This technique
has several advantages:
The line numbers in the LaTeX files correspond to the line
numbers in the source files, so it is easier to diagnose LaTeX
The LaTeX \includeonly feature can be used, making it possible
to format parts of large programs while retaining complete
When used with make(1), the technique avoids running noweave
over source files that have not changed.
Using the external index places fewer demands on LaTeX’s memory,
making it read its .aux files much more quickly.
The disadvantages are that nodefs and noindex are needed for full
cross-referencing and a properly sorted index.
This example assumes a noweb program of three source files: a.nw , b.nw
, and c.nw. The file doc.tex is assumed to contain LaTeX boilerplate,
including the commands
The first sequence of steps is to create a file listing all the
identifiers defined anywhere in a, b, or c.
nodefs a.nw > a.defs
nodefs b.nw > b.defs
nodefs c.nw > c.defs
sort -u a.defs b.defs c.defs | cpif all.defs
Using sort -u and cpif(1) avoids changing all.defs unless the set of
identifiers changes. This technique, used in a Makefile, avoids
The next series of steps is to create LaTeX files with full cross-
reference information for all identifiers.
noweave -n -indexfrom all.defs a.nw > a.tex
noweave -n -indexfrom all.defs b.nw > b.tex
noweave -n -indexfrom all.defs c.nw > c.tex
The final steps run LaTeX once to create .aux files, then noindex to
create the index, then LaTeX again to format the complete document.
In a Makefile, noindex can be run before every invocation of LaTeX.
noindex is distributed in awk and Icon versions. The awk version is
slow and does a poorer job sorting.
There is no comparable machinery to make it possible to use multiple
files with the HTML back end.
noweave(1), nodefs(1), cpif(1)
This man page is from noweb version 2.11b.
Norman Ramsey, Harvard University. Internet address
Noweb home page at http://www.eecs.harvard.edu/~nr/noweb.
local 3/28/2001 NOWEB(1)