ROFFBIB(1) User Commands ROFFBIB(1)

roffbib - format and print a bibliographic database

roffbib [-e] [-h] [-m filename] [-np] [-olist] [-Q] [-raN]

[-sN] [-Tterm] [-V] [-x] [filename] ...

roffbib prints out all records in a bibliographic database, in bibliography format rather than as footnotes or endnotes. Generally it is used in conjunction with sortbib(1):

example% sortbib database | roffbib

roffbib accepts all options understood by nroff(1) except -i and -q.


Produce equally-spaced words in adjusted lines using full terminal resolution.


Use output tabs during horizontal spacing to speed output and reduce output character count. TAB settings are assumed to be every 8 nominal character widths.

-m filename

Prepend the macro file /usr/share/lib/tmac/ to the input files. There should be a space between the -m and the macro filename. This set of macros will replace the ones defined in /usr/share/lib/tmac/tmac.bib.


Number first generated page p.


Print only page numbers that appear in the comma-separated list of numbers and ranges. A range NM means pages N through M; an initial -N means from the beginning to page N; a final N means from page N to end.


Queue output for the phototypesetter. Page offset is set to 1 inch.


Set register a (one-character) to N. The command-line argument -rN1 will number the references starting at 1.

Four command-line registers control formatting style of the bibliography, much like the number registers of ms(7). The flag -rV2 will double space the bibliography, while -rV1 will double space references but single space annotation paragraphs. The line length can be changed from the default 6.5 inches to 6 inches with the -rL6i argument, and the page offset can be set from the default of 0 to one inch by specifying -rO1i (capital O, not zero).


Halt prior to every N pages for paper loading or changing (default N=1). To resume, enter NEWLINE or RETURN.


Specify term as the terminal type.


Send output to the Versatec. Page offset is set to 1 inch.


If abstracts or comments are entered following the %X field key, roffbib will format them into paragraphs for an annotated bibliography. Several %X fields may be given if several annotation paragraphs are desired.


file of macros used by nroff/troff

addbib(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), nroff(1) refer(1), sortbib(1), troff(1), attributes(7)

Users have to rewrite macros to create customized formats.

September 14, 1992 OmniOS