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       sphinx-build - Sphinx documentation generator tool


       sphinx-build [options] <sourcedir> <outdir> [filenames ...]


       sphinx-build  generates  documentation  from the files in <sourcedir> and places it in the

       sphinx-build   looks   for   <sourcedir>/   for   the    configuration    settings.
       sphinx-quickstart(1) may be used to generate template files, including

       sphinx-build  can  create  documentation  in  different  formats.  A format is selected by
       specifying the builder name on the command line; it defaults to HTML.  Builders  can  also
       perform other tasks related to documentation processing.

       By  default,  everything that is outdated is built.  Output only for selected files can be
       built by specifying individual filenames.

       List of available builders:

       html   HTML file generation.  This is the default builder.

              Generates files for CHM (compiled help files) generation.

       qthelp Generates files for Qt help collection generation.

              Generates files for the GNOME Devhelp help viewer.

       latex  Generates LaTeX output that can be compiled to a PDF document.

       man    Generates manual pages.

              Generates Texinfo output that can be processed by  makeinfo  to  generate  an  Info

       text   Generates a plain-text version of the documentation.

              Generates HTML files listing changed/added/deprecated items for the current version
              of the documented project.

              Checks the integrity of all external links in the source.

       pickle / json
              Generates serialized HTML files for use in web applications.


       -b <builder>
              Builder to use; defaults to html. See the full list of builders above.

       -a     Generate output for all files; without this option only output for new and  changed
              files is generated.

       -E     Ignore cached files, forces to re-read all source files from disk.

       -c <path>
              Locate the file in the specified path instead of <sourcedir>.

       -C     Specify  that  no file at all is to be used.  Configuration can only be set
              with the -D option.

       -D <setting=value>
              Override a setting from the configuration file.

       -d <path>
              Path to cached files; defaults to <outdir>/.doctrees.

       -A <name=value>
              Pass a value into the HTML templates (only for HTML builders).

       -n     Run in nit-picky mode, warn about all missing references.

       -N     Prevent colored output.

       -q     Quiet operation, just print warnings and errors on stderr.

       -Q     Very quiet operation, don't print anything except for errors.

       -w <file>
              Write warnings and errors into the given file, in addition to stderr.

       -W     Turn warnings into errors.

       -P     Run Pdb on exception.




       Georg Brandl <>, Armin Ronacher <> et al.

       This manual page was initially written by Mikhail Gusarov  <>,  for
       the Debian project.


       2007-2011, Georg Brandl