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ptx: produce a permuted index of file contents


ptx - produce a permuted index of file contents


ptx [,OPTION/]... [,INPUT/]... ,(without -G)/
ptx ,-G /[,OPTION/]... [,INPUT /[,OUTPUT/]]


Output a permuted index, including context, of the words in the input files.

With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input.

Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.

-A, --auto-reference
output automatically generated references
-G, --traditional
behave more like System V 'ptx'
-F, --flag-truncation=,STRING/
use STRING for flagging line truncations. The default is '/'
-M, --macro-name=,STRING/
macro name to use instead of 'xx'
-O, --format=,roff/
generate output as roff directives
-R, --right-side-refs
put references at right, not counted in -w
-S, --sentence-regexp=,REGEXP/
for end of lines or end of sentences
-T, --format=,tex/
generate output as TeX directives
-W, --word-regexp=,REGEXP/
use REGEXP to match each keyword
-b, --break-file=,FILE/
word break characters in this FILE
-f, --ignore-case
fold lower case to upper case for sorting
-g, --gap-size=,NUMBER/
gap size in columns between output fields
-i, --ignore-file=,FILE/
read ignore word list from FILE
-o, --only-file=,FILE/
read only word list from this FILE
-r, --references
first field of each line is a reference
-t, --typeset-mode - not implemented -
-w, --width=,NUMBER/
output width in columns, reference excluded
display this help and exit
output version information and exit


Written by F. Pinard.


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