However, it has the advantage that it works with the raw man page source, rather than troff or nroff output. This program was added to Frederico. If you have inherited an nroff/troff file and need to convert it to HTML, you may be able to find a tool that will convert the file to HTML “preformatted” text (meaning. roffit converts input nroff man pages to output HTML pages. Example conversions (possibly not generated with the latest version). the ‘curl’ man page.

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Special Characters Although special characters are system-dependent, you can expect to have several special characters in your system. The measurement types are inches, centimeters, picas, ems, ens, points, units, and vertical line spaces.

You could have redefined the macro with. Having done this, I removed all of the groff-generated html files this year from my website. Note that you increment the number register every time you print the value. Up to nine characters can be overstruck, each appearing in the string following the escape. You then reset the point size and font.

Although smooth margins are the default, you also have control of the margins. In this case, the space requested is remembered and can be released on a new page with.

You can change the position of a macro trap by using the. The title length is set with.

Different line spacing using troff. These requests are then executed whenever the macro is called. As I mentioned in the “Printing troff Files” section of this chapter, the hplj command performs this translation for Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Series printers.


man2html example:

For the sample letter, save a half inch of space at the top of the page. The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to choose three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five, and Georgia three.

Append following commands to macro xxterminated with yy. The first argument is the register, and the second is one of six formats: Tabs are set every eight characters by default. In each of the six conditional forms, the!

You can reset the escape character by using the. Sometimes, you might need to save this environment. If you specify bold, characters are overstruck nrof printing.

man2html — Tools

You use number registers to keep track of values such as your current font and point size, your current indentation, and the current list item.

It must come after the requests.

Input traps are set with the. See Sabayon uses manpages in.

Ch 8 — Basic Formatting with troff/nroff

The adjustment mode is not changed. The buffer for these words is only characters long. A formatted table with tabs. Before word, prevents hyphenation; in middle of word, indicates where word can be hyphenated. Post-Processing troff Output With the device-independent version of troff ditroffthe output is in a device-independent form, hence the name. The -noheads option can be used to disable this feature.


Because the escapes are difficult to use, the pic preprocessor is often used. However, it has the advantage that it works with the raw man page source, rather than troff or nroff output. The man program sources in SchilliX-ON have been changed to call nroff -mandoc instead of nroff -man. These techniques, called local motions, can be vertical or horizontal. Representatives and direct taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which maybe included within this Union, according to their respective numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole number of free persons, including those bound for service for a term of years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three-fifths of all other persons.

A manpage cross-reference is detected by the following pseudo expression: You can format tables with the tbl preprocessor, equations with eqn or neqnline drawings with picand graphs with grap described in Chapter 11, “Tools for Writers”. The first is a font, the second is the width of the space, and the last is the character point size. Brenton Horne 1, 5 22 The SE macro is similar, printing the section and number, and setting pP to zero.

A few are escape sequences, but most are two-character escapes. I like this answer I think I will end up accepting it, but there is one last issue with this answer. If the space is not available, the end of page processing is triggered.