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bookman ā€” Generate a book from man pages


bookman [-pPxn] [-o outfile] [-a author] [-d date] [-r release]
[-t title] [-v volume] [-c coverfile] [manfile]


bookman compiles a set of man pages files specified by manfile arguments, or if no manfile is given, filenames are read from standard input.



PDF output format.


Postscript output format.


X11 previewing, using gxditview(1).


no format, output is direct gtroff intermediate format.

-o outfile

Output in file outfile. Default is standard output.

-a author

Set the author, on the cover page.

-d date

Set the date on the cover page.

-r release

Set the book name and release on the cover page.

-t title

Set the title on the cover page.

-v volume

Specify the name of the volume.

-c coverfile

Uses the file coverfile to generate the cover page, i.e. all pages preceding the table of content. coverfile must be in groff_ms(7) format.



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


To build a reference manual from section 2 man, do:

    $ cd /usr/share/man/man2
    $ bookman -p -t 'Unix Reference Manual' * >book.pdf

See Also

man(1), mandoc(7), groff_ms(7), groff(1), troff(1), grops(1), gxditview(1), ps2pdf(1).


Marc Vertes <>

Referenced By


15 August 2016 txt2man-1.6.0