latex2man man page

Latex2man is a tool to translate UNIX manual pages written with LaTeXinto a format understood by the UNIX man(1)-command. Alternatively HTML, TexInfo, or LaTeX code can be produced too. Output of parts of the text may be suppressed using the conditional text feature (for this, LaTeX generation may be used).

Synopsis

latex2man [-ttransfile] [-cCSSfile] [-HMTL] [-h] [-V] [-Cname] [-achar] infile outfile

Description

Latex2man reads the file infile and writes outfile. The input must be a LaTeX document using the latex2man LaTeXpackage. Latex2man translates that document into the troff(1) format using the -man macro package.

Using the -H option, HTML code can be produced, instead of troff(1). With this option you can, optionally, specify a CSSfile as an argument. CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) allows you to control the appearance of the resulting HTML page. See below for the names of CSS classes that are included in the HTML tags as attributes.

Using the -T option, TexInfo code can be produced, instead of troff(1).

Using the -M option, troff(1) input is produced.

Using the -L option, LaTeX ouput can be produced, instead of troff(1).

Options

-ttransfile
Translation for user defined LaTeX macros.
-cCSSfile
If you use the -H you can also specify a file that contains CSS style sheets. The link to the CSS file is inserted into the generatedHTML output using the specified CSSfile filename.
-M
Produce output suitable for the man(1) command (default).
-H
Instead of producing output suitable for the man(1) command, HTML code is produced (despite the name of the command).
-T
Instead of producing output suitable for the man(1) command, TexInfo code is produced (despite the name of the command). The generated .texi-file may be processed with makeinfo(1) (to produce an .info-file) which in turn may be installed using install-info(1). The Info tags @dircategory and @direntry are provided.
-L
The LaTeX source is written to the outfile. This is useful in conjunction with the -Cname option.
-Cname

Output the conditional text for name. If more than one name should be given use quotes: -C'name1 name2 ...'
The following names are defined automatically:

*
-H defines HTML
*
-T defines TEXI
*
-M defines MAN
*
-L defines LATEX
-achar
Is used only in conjunction with -T.
Background:
TexInfo ignores all blanks before the first word on a new line. In order to produce some additional space before that word (using \SP) some character has to be printed before the additional space. By default this is a . (dot). The char specifies an alternative for that first character. Giving a blank to -a supresses the indentation of a line.
Note: only for the first \SP of a series that char is printed.
-h
Show a help text.
-V
Show version information.

Files

latex2man.tex
The LaTeX file containing this Man-page.
latex2man.sty
The LaTeX package defining the environments and commands.
latex2man.cfg
The configuration file for Latex2man LaTeX-package.
latex2man.css
File containing example CSS definitions.
latex2man.trans
File containing example translations of user defined LaTeX macros.
fancyheadings.sty
A LaTeX package used to typeset head- and foot lines.
fancyhdr.sty
A LaTeX package used to typeset head- and foot lines.
rcsinfo.sty
A LaTeX package used to extract and use RCS version control information in LaTeX documents.
latex2man.pdf
The PDF version of this document.

See Also

LaTeX,TexInfo, troff(1), groff(1), makeinfo(1).

LaTeX COMMANDS

The LaTeX package latex2man is used to write the Man-pages with LaTeX.Since we translate into other text formats, not all LaTeX stuff can be translated.

Package Options

The latex2man package accepts the following options:

fancy
use the LaTeX package fancyheadings.
fancyhdr
use the LaTeX package fancyhdr.
nofancy
neither the LaTeX package fancyheadings nor fancyhdr are used.

The default option may be specified in the file latex2man.cfg.

Package Specific Environments

The following environments are provided by the package:

\begin{Name}{chapter}{name}{author}{info}{title}
The Name environment takes five arguments: 1. the Man-page chapter, 2. the name of the Man-page, 3. the author, 4. some short information about the tool printed in the footline of the Man-page, and 5. a text which is used as title, for HTML and LaTeX (it's ignored for output of the Man-page or TeXinfo. The Name environment must be the first environment in the document. Processing starts with this environment. Any text before this is ignored (exception: the setVersion and setDate commands). (Note: all arguments of \begin{Name} must be written on one line).
\begin{Table}[width]{columns}
The Table environment takes two arguments: the first optional one specifies a width of the last column, the second one gives the number of columns. For example:

\begin{Table}[2cm]{3}
Here & am & I \\\hline
A 1 & A 2 & A 3 1 2 3 4 5 A 3 1 2 3 4 5 \\
B 1 & B 2 & B 3 \\
\end{Table}

will be typeset as:

Here am I
A 1 A 2 A 3 1 2 3 4 5 A 3 1 2 3 4 5
B 1 B 2 B 3

If no optional width argument is given, all entries are typeset left justified. The width is a length measured absolutly in cm. Processing with LaTeX a p{width} column is typeset as last column. The translation to troff(1) commands results in a lw(width) column specification. Translating to HTML and TexInfo ignores the width parameter.

\hline may be used.

If the Man-page is formatted with troff(1) and tables are used, the tbl(1) preprocessor should be called, usually by giving a -t to the call of troff(1). When viewing the generated manula page using man(1), tbl(1) is called automatically.

\begin{Description}
is the same as \begin{description}
\begin{Description}[label]

is similar to \begin{description}, but the item labels have at minimum the size of the (optional) word label. The difference is visible only in the DVI and PDF-output, not in the troff, TexInfo or HTML output.

a
|a \begin{description}
ab
|ab
abc
|abc
a
|a \begin{Description}
ab
|ab
abc
|abc
a
|a \begin{Description}[aa]
ab
|ab
abc
|abc

ACCEPTED LaTeX ENVIRONMENTS

The following environments are accepted:

*
description
*
enumerate
*
itemize
*
verbatim
*
center

They may be nested:

*

Itemize and nested center:

A centered line.

Another centered line.

*

Another item an nested enumerate

1.
a
2.
b

Package Specific Macros

The following commands are provided:

\Opt{option}
Option: \Opt{-o} will be typeset as -o.
\Arg{argument}
Argument: \Arg{filename} will be typeset as filename.
\OptArg{option}{argument}
Option with Argument:
\OptArg{-o}{filename} will be typeset as -ofilename.
\OptoArg{option}{argument}
Option with optional Argument:
\OptoArg{-o}{filename} will be typeset as -o[filename].
\oOpt{option}
Optional option, e.g. \oOpt{-o} will be typeset as [-o].
\oArg{argument}
Optional argument, e.g. \oArg{filename} will be typeset as [filename].
\oOptArg{option}{argument}
Optional option with argument, e.g.
\oOptArg{-o}{filename} will be typeset as [-ofilename].
\oOptoArg{option}{argument}
Optional option with optional argument, e.g.
\oOptoArg{-o}{filename} will be typeset as [-o[filename]].
\File{filename}
used to typeset filenames, e.g. \File{filename} will be typeset as filename.
\Prog{prog}
used to typeset program names, e.g. \Prog{latex2man} will be typeset as latex2man.
\Cmd{command}{chapter}
used to typeset references to other commands, e.g.
\Cmd{latex2man}{1} will be typeset as latex2man(1).
\Bar
is typeset as |.
\Bs
(BackSlash) is typeset as \.
\Tilde
is typeset as a ~.
\Dots
is typeset as ...
\Bullet
us typeset as *.
\setVersion{..}
set .. as version information.
\setVersionWord{..}
set .. for the word Version: in the footline.
The default is \setVersionWord{Version:}.
\Version
returns the version information.
\setDate{..}
sets .. as date information.
\Date
returns the date information.
\Email{..}
use to mark an Email address:
\Email{Juergen.Vollmer@informatik-vollmer.de} is typeset as:
Juergen.Vollmer@informatik-vollmer.de.
\URL{..}
use to mark an URL: \URL{http://www.foo.de/\Tilde vollmer} is typeset as
http://www.foo.de/~vollmer.
\LatexManEnd
the input file is read and processed until reading end-of-file or
\LatexManEnd (at the beginning of a line). LaTeXignores this command.
\Lbr, \Rbr
is typeset as [ and ] (these variants are needed only somtimes like in
\item[FooBar\LBr xx \Lbr]. Usually [ ] will work.
\LBr, \RBr
is typeset as { and } (these variants are needed when using { or } as arguments to macros.
\Circum
is typeset as ^.
\Percent
is typeset as %.
\TEXbr
If processed with LaTeX causes a linebreak (i.e. is equivalent to \\).In the output of latex2man this macro is ignored.
\TEXIbr
If TexInfo output is generated, causes a linebreak (i.e. is equivalent to \\),otherwise ignored.
\MANbr
If Man-Page output is generated, causes a linebreak (i.e. is equivalent to \\),otherwise ignored.
\HTMLbr
If HTML output is generated, causes a linebreak (i.e. is equivalent to \\),otherwise ignored.
\medskip
An empty line.
\SP
Produces some extra space, works also at the beginning of lines. The code of the second line looks like: \SP abc \SP\SP xx\\:
abc xx
abc xx
abc xx

Note: Due to some “problems” with TexInfo, the lines starting with \SP have a leading . (dot) in the TexInfo output, see -achar.

Accepted Macros from the Rcsinfo Package

\rcsInfo $Id ...$
if the LaTeX package rcsinfo is used, this command is used to extract the date of the Man-page.
\rcsInfoLongDate
if the LaTeX package rcsinfo is used, this command is used to typeset the date coded in the $Id ..$ string.

ACCEPTED LaTeX MACROS

The following standard LaTeX commands are accepted:

\section{..}
The section macro takes one argument: the name of the Man-page section. Each Man-page consists of several sections. Usually there are the following sections in a Man-page: Name (special handling as environment, c.f. above), Synopsis, Description, Options, Files, See Also, Diagnostics, Return Values, Bugs, Author, version, etc.

Synopsis must be the first section after the Name environment.

Note: Do not use LaTeX-macrosin section names.

\subsection{..}
works as well as
\subsubsection{..}
those.
\emph{..}
\emph{example} is typeset as example.
\textbf{..}
\textbf{example} is typeset as example.
\texttt{..}
\textt{example} is typeset as example.
\underline{..}
\underline{example} is typeset as example of underline .
\date{..}
uses .. as date.
\verb+..+
but only + is allowed as delimiter.
$<$ is typeset as <.
$>$ is typeset as >.
$<=$ is typeset as <=.
$>=$ is typeset as >=.
$=$ is typeset as =.
$<>$ is typeset as <>.
$\ge$
is typeset as $>=$.
$\le$
is typeset as $<=$.
$\leftarrow$
is typeset as $<--$.
$\Leftarrow$
is typeset as $<==$.
$\rightarrow$
is typeset as $-->$.
$\Rightarrow$
is typeset as $==>$.
\{ is typeset as {.
\} is typeset as }.
\$ is typeset as $.
\$ is typeset as $,should be used inside macro
arguments.
\_ is typeset as _.
\& is typeset as &.
\# is typeset as #.
\% is typeset as %.
\,
is typeset as smaller blank - - (between the two -)
\-
is used to mark hyphenation in a word.
\\ is typeset as a linebreak or marks the end of a column in the
Table environment.
\ (a \ followed by a blank) is typeset as a blank,
although it cannot be used at the beginning of a line to make indentation (see the \SP command).
~ is typeset as a blank.
\copyright
is typeset as (C).
\noindent
\hline
inside a Table environment.
\item
inside a itemize, enumerate, or description environment.
\today
22 December 2010(see also the rcsinfo LaTeXpackage).
\ss,\"a, ...

\ss = ß, \"a= ä, \"o= ö, \"u= ü, macros in { and } in all places, even inside other macros, e.g.

\textbf{\"a\"o\"u\"A\"O\"U\ss}
\textbf{\"a}{\"o}{\"u}{\"A}{\"O}{\"U}{\ss}}
\textbf{äöüÄÖÜß}

äöüÄÖÜß äöüÄÖÜß äöüÄÖÜß

If these letters are used in their LATIN-1 8-bit coding, they are translated into the equivalent letter of the desired output format. E.g. Ä becomes &Auml; in HTML and @"A in texinfo.

Conditional Text

latex2man preprocesses the LaTeX input to allow text to be used conditionally. A special sort of LaTeX comment is used for that purpose.

*
%@% IF condition %@%
*
%@% ELSE %@%
*
%@% END-IF %@%

A line must contain only such a comment and nothing else. condition is a boolean expression containing “names” and operators. The names given with the -Cname option have the value “true”, while all other names occuring in the expression are assumed to be “false”. If the evaluation of the boolean expression results in the value “true”, the text in the “then”-part is used and the text in the optional “else”-part is skipped (and vice versa). The IF/ELSE/END-IF may be nested. As boolean operators the following are allowed:

||T}&T{ boolean or
&&T}&T{ boolean and
!

Translation of User Defined Macros

The user macro translation file (given by the [-ttransfile]) contains Perl commands specifying the translation of LaTeX macros defined by the user. These macros may have none, one or two arguments. The following code is expected:

*
Comments start with a # up to the end of the line.
*

For a macro \foo with no arguments, the following code must be specified:

Translation to Man-Pages
$manMacro{'foo'} = '...';
Translation to HTML
$htmlMacro{'foo'} = '...';
Translation to TexInfo
$texiMacro{'foo'} = '...';

where ... is the translation.

*

For a macro \foo{..} with one argument, the following code must be specified:

Translation to Man-Pages
$manMacro1a{'foo'} = '...';
$manMacro1b{'foo'} = '...';
Translation to HTML
$htmlMacro1a{'foo'} = '...';
$htmlMacro1b{'foo'} = '...';
Translation to TexInfo
$texiMacro1a{'foo'} = '...';
$texiMacro1b{'foo'} = '...';

where ... is the translation. The 1a code is used before the argument, while 1b is typeset after the argument is set.

*

For a macro \foo{..}{..} with two arguments, the following code must be specified:

Translation to Man-Pages
$manMacro2a{'foo'} = '...';
$manMacro2b{'foo'} = '...';
$manMacro2c{'foo'} = '...';
Translation to HTML
$htmlMacro2a{'foo'} = '...';
$htmlMacro2b{'foo'} = '...';
$htmlMacro2c{'foo'} = '...';
Translation to TexInfo
$texiMacro2a{'foo'} = '...';
$texiMacro2b{'foo'} = '...';
$texiMacro2c{'foo'} = '...';

where ... is the translation. The 2a code is used before the first argument, 2b between the two arguments and 2c is typeset after the second argument is set.

*
The file latex2man.trans contains some example code.

Verbatim Environment

This
    {is}
        \texttt{a}
                  $test$
                         _of_
verbatim
<this is no HTML tag> and no @* TexInfo command

Subsection Works

This is a \subsection.

Subsubsection works

This is a \subsubsection.

Subsubsection still works

This is another \subsubsection.

General Remarks

1.
Empty lines are typeset as paragraph separators.
2.
The arguments of the LaTeX commands must not be split over several lines.
3.
Do not nest calls to macros.
4.
Except the mentioned environment and macros, the usage of other LaTeX environments or macros are not translated. Their usage will cause garbage in the output.
5.
latex2man requires Perl version >= 5.0004_03.
6.
If you want to install the system with the distributed Makefile, you need GNU-make. If you don't have it, you should execute the steps shown in the Makefile manually.

Css Classnames

The table below shows the names of CSS classes that will be included in the HTML tags as attributes. You can specify the CSS style properties in the CSSfile for these classes:

HTML tagClassStyle applies to
body the body of the HTML page
h1 titlehead the title at the top of the HTML page specified as an argument to the Name environment
h4 authorhead the author at the top of the HTML page specified as an argument to the Name environment
h4 datehead the date at the top of the HTML page
h4 versionhead the man page version at the top of the HTML page specified as an argument to the setVersion macro
h2 sectionname a section title specified as an argument to the section macro
h4 subsectionname a subsection title specified as an argument to the subsection macro
h5 subsubsectionname a subsubsection title specified as an argument to the subsubsection macro
font progname a program name specified as an argument to the Prog macro
font filename a file name specified as an argument to the File macro
font commandname a command name specified as an argument to the Cmd macro
font textstyle all text that is not an argument to some LaTeX or latex2man macro
font optstyle a name of an option specified as an argument to the Opt, oOpt, OptArg, oOptArg or oOptoArg macros
font argstyle a name of an argument specified as an argument to the Arg, oArg, OptArg, oOptArg or oOptoArg macros
a, font urlstyle a URL specified as an argument to the URL macro
a, font urlstyle.link subclass of urlstyle class
a, font urlstyle.visited subclass of urlstyle class
a, font urlstyle.hover subclass of urlstyle class
a, font emailstyle an email specified as an argument to the Email macro
a, font emailstyle.link subclass of emailstyle class
a, font emailstyle.visited subclass of emailstyle class
a, font emailstyle.hover subclass of emailstyle class
table tablestyle a table specified as a Table environment
tr rowstyle a row of a table specified as a Table environment
td cellstyle a cell of a table specified as a Table environment

Some Bug Fix Tests

Leading . and '

Now leading . and ' in generation troff output should work propperly, since a \& is added. Therfore the \Dot macro has been deleted.
Thanks to Frank.Schilder@Mathematik.Tu-Ilmenau.De.
Testcase 1:

'\n'
...

Testcase 2:
.foobar Testcase 3:
...

abc ... abc . efg ' 123

%in verbatim
A % in a \verb and verbatim-environment was not emitted correctly. Thanks to Aleksey Nogin nogin@cs.caltech.edu for the bug report and bug fix.

% abc

% abc %

but ignore comments following this:

Requirements

Perl
latex2man requires Perl version >= 5.0004_03.
Make
If you want to install the system with the distributed Makefile, you need GNU-make. If you don't have it, you should execute the steps shown in the Makefile manually.

LaTeX LaTeX2e is required.

Changes

Please check the file latex2man-CHANGES for the list of changes and acknowledgment to people contributing bugfixes or enhancements.

Version

Version: 1.24 of 2010/12/22.

Author

Dr. Jürgen Vollmer
Viktoriastraße 15
D-76133 Karlsruhe
Email: Juergen.Vollmer@informatik-vollmer.de
WWW: http://www.informatik-vollmer.de.

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