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HELP2MAN(1)                      User Commands                     HELP2MAN(1)


help2man - generate a simple manual page




`help2man' generates a man page out of `--help' and `--version' output. -n, --name=STRING description for the NAME paragraph -s, --section=SECTION section number for manual page (1, 6, 8) -m, --manual=TEXT name of manual (User Commands, ...) -S, --source=TEXT source of program (FSF, Debian, ...) -L, --locale=STRING select locale (default "C") -i, --include=FILE include material from `FILE' -I, --opt-include=FILE include material from `FILE' if it exists -o, --output=FILE send output to `FILE' -p, --info-page=TEXT name of Texinfo manual -N, --no-info suppress pointer to Texinfo manual -l, --libtool exclude the `lt-' from the program name --help print this help, then exit --version print version number, then exit EXECUTABLE should accept `--help' and `--version' options and produce output on stdout although alternatives may be specified using: -h, --help-option=STRING help option string -v, --version-option=STRING version option string --version-string=STRING version string --no-discard-stderr include stderr when parsing option output


Additional material may be included in the generated output with the --include and --opt-include options. The format is simple: [section] text /pattern/ text Blocks of verbatim *roff text are inserted into the output either at the start of the given [section] (case insensitive), or after a paragraph matching /pattern/. Patterns use the Perl regular expression syntax and may be followed by the i, s or m modifiers (see perlre(1)). Lines before the first section or pattern which begin with `-' are processed as options. Anything else is silently ignored and may be used for comments, RCS keywords and the like. The section output order (for those included) is: NAME SYNOPSIS DESCRIPTION OPTIONS other ENVIRONMENT FILES EXAMPLES AUTHOR REPORTING BUGS COPYRIGHT SEE ALSO Any [NAME] or [SYNOPSIS] sections appearing in the include file will replace what would have automatically been produced (although you can still override the former with --name if required). Other sections are prepended to the automatically produced output for the standard sections given above, or included at other (above) in the order they were encountered in the include file. Placement of the text within the section may be explicitly requested by using the syntax [<section], [=section] or [>section] to place the additional text before, in place of, or after the default output respectively.


The latest version of this distribution is available on-line from: ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/help2man/


Written by Brendan O'Dea <bod@debian.org>


Report bugs to <bug-help2man@gnu.org>.


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The full documentation for help2man is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and help2man programs are properly installed at your site, the command info help2man should give you access to the complete manual. GNU help2man 1.49.2 April 2022 HELP2MAN(1)

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