docbook2man is a sgmlspl spec file that produced man
pages (using the -man macros) from DocBook RefEntry markup.
The program reads ESIS produced by nsgmls (or other SGML parsers) from
standard input. Markup not found in RefEntry is discarded.
Its output, the converted man pages, are written to the current directory. If
RefMeta information is not specified in a
RefEntry, then the man page will be written to standard
The file manpage.links will also be created, which contains
any aliases of the manpages generated. This file is in the format:
The manpage.refs file keeps track of
XRef references. Note that if the input document has any
forward references, then docbook2man may have to be
invoked twice (the first time updating manpage.refs) to
The SGMLSpm package from CPAN. This package includes the sgmlspl script
that is also needed.
Trying docbook2man on non-DocBook or non-conformant
SGML results in undefined behavior. :-)
This program is a slow, dodgy Perl script.
This program does not come close to supporting all the possible markup
in DocBook, and may produce wrong output in some cases with supported
Fix docbook2man breakages found in
the test documents, especially
Add new element handling and fix existing handling.
Produce cleanest, readable man output as possible (unlike some
other converters). Follow Linux
convention. As conversion to man pages is usually not done very often, it is
better to be slower/more complicated than to produce wrong output. Also if
someone wants to give up using DocBook for whatever reason, the last-converted
man pages can then be maintained manually.
Make it faster. I think most of the speed problems so far is with parsing
ESIS. Rewrite SGMLS.pm with C and/or get input directly
Support other (human) languages. But what to do with non-ASCII charsets?
SGMLSpm doesn't report them and roff does not grok them.
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If we do this, more people can use DocBook.
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