[EMBOSS] Antwort: Manpage generator

Charles Plessy charles-listes-emboss at plessy.org
Sun Jul 8 14:02:57 UTC 2007

> Charles Plessy schrieb am 04/09/2006 06:28:50:
> > It is part from the Debian policy that any program in the /usr/bin and
> > sister directories should have a man page, and EMBOSS programs do not
> > provide them, so I decided that I will develop a manpage generator.
> >
> > For the moment, I intend to parse the .acd files, fill templates in the
> > DocBook format, and convert them using an xsl stylesheet. I welcome any
> > suggestion on how to parse the .acd files for this purpose (I have no
> > other plan than using brute force with perl).

Le Mon, Sep 04, 2006 at 08:57:54AM +0200, David.Bauer at SCHERING.DE a écrit :
> If you want to parse ACD files you should have a look at the "emboss
> explorer" web gui.
> This uses perl modules to parse acd files and create the web interface
> dynamically.

Dear all,

Thanks do David's suggestion, I managed to write a manpage generator for
EMBOSS programs. It uses the EMBOSS::ACD library (which we ship in
Debian in the package libemboss-acd-perl) to create a docbook XML
document, which is transformed into a manpage with the xsltproc program.
The reason why the generator does not directly write the manpage is
simply that I do not know the nroff syntax.

You can download it from the following URI:

I have put a couple of examples manpages on my personal website in the
following directory:

I intend to distribute manpages for all emboss programs in the Debian
package which will be updated after the release of EMBOSS 5.0

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Wako, Saitama, Japan

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