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       db2x_manxml - Make man pages from Man-XML


       db2x_manxml [options] [xml-document]


       db2x_manxml  converts  a  Man-XML  document into one or more man pages.
       They are written in the current directory.

       If xml-document is not given, then the document to convert is read from
       standard input.


              Select  the  character  encoding used for the output files.  The
              available encodings are those of iconv(1).  The default encoding
              is us-ascii.

              The XML source may contain characters that are not representable
              in the encoding that you select; in this case the  program  will
              bomb  out  during  processing,  and  you  should  choose another
              encoding.  (This is guaranteed not to happen  with  any  Unicode
              encoding  such  as UTF-8, but unfortunately not everyone is able
              to process Unicode texts.)

              If you are using  GNU’s  version  of  iconv(1),  you  can  affix
              //TRANSLIT   to   the  end  of  the  encoding  name  to  attempt
              transliterations of any unconvertible characters in the  output.
              Beware,  however,  that the really inconvertible characters will
              be turned into another of those damned question  marks.  (Aren’t
              you sick of this?)

              The  suffix  //TRANSLIT  applied  to  a  Unicode  encoding  — in
              particular, utf-8//TRANSLIT — means that the output files are to
              remain in Unicode, but markup-level character translations using
              utf8trans are still to be done. So in most  cases,  an  English-
              language  document,  converted  using --encoding=utf-8//TRANSLIT
              will  actually  end  up  as  a  US-ASCII   document,   but   any
              untranslatable  characters  will  remain  as  UTF-8  without any
              warning  whatsoever.   (Note:  strictly  speaking  this  is  not
              “transliteration”.)   This  method of conversion is a compromise
              over strict --encoding=us-ascii processing, which aborts if  any
              untranslatable characters are encountered.

              Note that man pages and Texinfo documents in non-ASCII encodings
              (including  UTF-8)  may  not  be   portable   to   older   (non-
              internationalized)  systems,  which is why the default value for
              this option is us-ascii.

              To  suppress  any  automatic  character  mapping   or   encoding
              conversion whatsoever, pass the option --encoding=utf-8.

              Write  a  list  of  all  the output files to standard output, in
              addition to normal processing.

              Specify the directory where the output files  are  placed.   The
              default is the current working directory.

              This  option  is  ignored  if  the  output  is  to be written to
              standard output (triggered by the option --to-stdout).

              Write the output to standard output  instead  of  to  individual

              If  this  option  is  used  even  when  there are supposed to be
              multiple output documents, then everything  is  concatenated  to
              standard  output.   But beware that most other programs will not
              accept this concatenated output.

              This option is incompatible with --list-files, obviously.

       --help Show brief usage information and exit.

              Show version and exit.

       Some man pages may be referenced under two or more  names,  instead  of
       just one. For example, strcpy(3) and strncpy(3) often point to the same
       man page which describes the two functions together.  Choose one of the
       following options to select how such man pages are to be generated:

              For  each  of  all  the  alternate  names  for a man page, erect
              symbolic links to the file  that  contains  the  real  man  page

              Generate  stub pages (using .so roff requests) for the alternate
              names, pointing them to the real man page content.

              Do not make any alternative names available.  The man  page  can
              only be referenced under its principal name.

       This  program  uses  certain other programs for its operation.  If they
       are not in their default installed locations, then  use  the  following
       options to set their location:

       --utf8trans-program=path, --utf8trans-map=charmap
              Use  the  character  map  charmap with the utf8trans(1) program,
              included with docbook2X, found under path.

              The  location  of  the  iconv(1)  program,  used  for   encoding


       The   man   pages   produced  should  be  compatible  with  most  troff
       implementations  and  other  tools  that  process  man   pages.    Some
       backwards-compatible  groff(1)  extensions  are used to make the output
       look nicer.


       Steve Cheng <>.


       The docbook2X manual (in Texinfo or HTML format) fully describes how to
       convert DocBook to man pages and Texinfo.

       Up-to-date information about this program can be found at the docbook2X
       Web site 〈〉 .

       The input  to  db2x_manxml  is  defined  by  the  XML  DTD  present  at
       dtd/Man-XML in the docbook2X distribution.