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TROFF(1)							      TROFF(1)

NAME
       troff - format documents

SYNOPSIS
       troff [ -abivzCERU ] [ -wname ] [ -Wname	] [ -dcs ] [ -ffam ]
	     [ -mname ]	[ -nnum	] [ -olist ] [ -rcn ] [	-Tname ] [ -Fdir ]
	     [ -Mdir ] [ files... ]

       It is possible to have whitespace between a command line	option and its
       parameter.

DESCRIPTION
       This manual page	describes the GNU version of troff, which is  part  of
       the  groff  document  formatting	 system.  It is	highly compatible with
       UNIX troff.  Usually it should be  invoked  using  the  groff  command,
       which will also run preprocessors and postprocessors in the appropriate
       order and with the appropriate options.

OPTIONS
       -a	 Generate an ASCII approximation of the	typeset	output.

       -b	 Print a backtrace with	each warning or	error  message.	  This
		 backtrace should help track down the cause of the error.  The
		 line numbers given in the backtrace may not  always  be  cor-
		 rect:	troff's	idea of	line numbers gets confused by as or am
		 requests.

       -i	 Read the standard input after all the named input files  have
		 been processed.

       -v	 Print the version number.

       -wname	 Enable	warning	name.  Available warnings are described	in the
		 Warnings subsection below.  Multiple -w options are  allowed.

       -Wname	 Inhibit warning name.	Multiple -W options are	allowed.

       -E	 Inhibit all error messages.

       -z	 Suppress formatted output.

       -C	 Enable	compatibility mode.

       -dcs
       -dname=s	 Define	 c  or	name  to be a string s;	c must be a one	letter
		 name.

       -ffam	 Use fam as the	default	font family.

       -mname	 Read in the file name.tmac.  If it isn't found, try tmac.name
		 instead.   It will be first searched for in directories given
		 with the -M command line option, then in directories given in
		 the GROFF_TMAC_PATH environment variable, then	in the current
		 directory (only if  in	 unsafe	 mode),	 the  home  directory,
		 /usr/share/tmac, /usr/share/tmac, and /usr/share/tmac.

       -U	 Unsafe	mode.  This will enable	the following requests:	.open,
		 .opena, .pso, .sy, and	 .pi.	For  security  reasons,	 these
		 potentially  dangerous	 requests  are disabled	otherwise.  It
		 will also add the current directory to	the macro search path.

       -R	 Don't load troffrc and	troffrc-end.

       -nnum	 Number	the first page num.

       -olist	 Output	only pages in list, which is a comma-separated list of
		 page ranges; n	means print page n, m-n	means print every page
		 between  m and	n, -n means print every	page up	to n, n- means
		 print every page from n.  Troff will exit after printing  the
		 last page in the list.

       -rcn
       -rname=n	 Set number register c or name to n; c must be a one character
		 name; n can be	any troff numeric expression.

       -Tname	 Prepare output	for device name, rather	than the default ps.

       -Fdir	 Search	in directory (or directory path) dir  for  subdirecto-
		 ries  devname	(name is the name of the device) and there for
		 the DESC file and font	files.	 dir  is  scanned  before  all
		 other font directories.

       -Mdir	 Search	 directory  (or	 directory  path) dir for macro	files.
		 This is scanned before	all other macro	directories.

USAGE
       Only the	features not in	UNIX troff are described here.

   Long	names
       The names of number registers, fonts,  strings/macros/diversions,  spe-
       cial  characters	 can  be of any	length.	In escape sequences, where you
       can use (xx for a two character name, you can use [xxx] for a  name  of
       arbitrary length:

       \[xxx] Print the	special	character called xxx.

       \f[xxx]
	      Set font xxx.

       \*[xxx]
	      Interpolate string xxx.

       \n[xxx]
	      Interpolate number register xxx.

   Fractional pointsizes
       A scaled	point is equal to 1/sizescale points, where sizescale is spec-
       ified in	the DESC file (1 by default).  There is	a new scale  indicator
       z  which	 has  the  effect  of  multiplying by sizescale.  Requests and
       escape sequences	in troff interpret arguments that represent  a	point-
       size  as	 being	in units of scaled points, but they evaluate each such
       argument	using a	default	scale indicator	of z.	Arguments  treated  in
       this  way are the argument to the ps request, the third argument	to the
       cs request, the second and fourth arguments to  the  tkf	 request,  the
       argument	to the \H escape sequence, and those variants of the \s	escape
       sequence	that take a numeric expression as their	argument.

       For example, suppose sizescale is 1000; then a  scaled  point  will  be
       equivalent  to a	millipoint; the	request	.ps 10.25 is equivalent	to .ps
       10.25z and so sets the pointsize	to 10250 scaled	points,	which is equal
       to 10.25	points.

       The  number  register \n[.s] returns the	pointsize in points as decimal
       fraction.  There	is also	a new number register \n[.ps] that returns the
       pointsize in scaled points.

       It  would  make	no  sense  to  use  the	z scale	indicator in a numeric
       expression whose	default	scale indicator	was neither u nor  z,  and  so
       troff  disallows	this.  Similarly it would make no sense	to use a scal-
       ing indicator other than	z or u in a numeric expression	whose  default
       scale indicator was z, and so troff disallows this as well.

       There  is  also new scale indicator s which multiplies by the number of
       units in	a scaled point.	 So, for example, \n[.ps]s is equal to 1m.  Be
       sure not	to confuse the s and z scale indicators.

   Numeric expressions
       Spaces are permitted in a number	expression within parentheses.

       M indicates a scale of 100ths of	an em.

       e1>?e2 The maximum of e1	and e2.

       e1<?e2 The minimum of e1	and e2.

       (c;e)  Evaluate	e  using  c as the default scaling indicator.  If c is
	      missing, ignore scaling indicators in the	evaluation of e.

   New escape sequences
       \A'anything'
	      This expands to 1	or 0  according	 as  anything  is  or  is  not
	      acceptable  as  the  name	 of a string, macro, diversion,	number
	      register,	environment or font.  It will return 0 if anything  is
	      empty.   This is useful if you want to lookup user input in some
	      sort of associative table.

       \B'anything'
	      This expands to 1	or 0 according as anything  is	or  is	not  a
	      valid  numeric  expression.   It	will  return  0	if anything is
	      empty.

       \C'xxx'
	      Typeset character	named xxx.  Normally it	is more	convenient  to
	      use \[xxx].  But \C has the advantage that it is compatible with
	      recent versions of UNIX and is available in compatibility	 mode.

       \E     This  is	equivalent to an escape	character, but it's not	inter-
	      preted in	copy-mode.  For	example,  strings  to  start  and  end
	      superscripting could be defined like this:

		     .ds { \v'-.3m'\s'\En[.s]*6u/10u'
		     .ds } \s0\v'.3m'

	      The  use	of \E ensures that these definitions will work even if
	      \*{ gets interpreted in copy-mode	(for example, by being used in
	      a	macro argument).

       \N'n'  Typeset the character with code n	in the current font.  n	can be
	      any integer.  Most  devices  only	 have  characters  with	 codes
	      between 0	and 255.  If the current font does not contain a char-
	      acter with that code, special fonts will not be  searched.   The
	      \N  escape sequence can be conveniently used on conjunction with
	      the char request:

		     .char \[phone] \f(ZD\N'37'

	      The code of each character is given in the fourth	column in  the
	      font description file after the charset command.	It is possible
	      to include unnamed characters in the font	 description  file  by
	      using  a	name of	---; the \N escape sequence is the only	way to
	      use these.

       \R'name +-n'
	      This has the same	effect as

		     .nr name +-n

       \s(nn
       \s+-(nn
	      Set the point size to nn points; nn must be exactly two  digits.

       \s[+-n]
       \s+-[n]
       \s'+-n'
       \s+-'n'
	      Set the point size to n scaled points; n is a numeric expression
	      with a default scale indicator of	z.

       \Vx
       \V(xx
       \V[xxx]
	      Interpolate the contents of the  environment  variable  xxx,  as
	      returned by getenv(3).  \V is interpreted	in copy-mode.

       \Yx
       \Y(xx
       \Y[xxx]
	      This  is	approximately  equivalent to \X'\*[xxx]'.  However the
	      contents of the string or	macro xxx are not interpreted; also it
	      is  permitted  for  xxx to have been defined as a	macro and thus
	      contain newlines (it is not permitted for	the argument to	\X  to
	      contain newlines).  The inclusion	of newlines requires an	exten-
	      sion to the UNIX troff output format, and	will  confuse  drivers
	      that do not know about this extension.

       \Z'anything'
	      Print  anything  and  then  restore  the horizontal and vertical
	      position;	anything may not contain tabs or leaders.

       \$0    The name by which	 the  current  macro  was  invoked.   The  als
	      request can make a macro have more than one name.

       \$*    In  a macro, the concatenation of	all the	arguments separated by
	      spaces.

       \$@    In a macro, the concatenation of all  the	 arguments  with  each
	      surrounded by double quotes, and separated by spaces.

       \$(nn
       \$[nnn]
	      In a macro, this gives the nn-th or nnn-th argument.  Macros can
	      have an unlimited	number of arguments.

       \?anything\?
	      When used	in a diversion,	this will transparently	embed anything
	      in  the  diversion.   anything  is  read in copy mode.  When the
	      diversion	is reread, anything will be interpreted.  anything may
	      not  contain newlines; use \! if you want	to embed newlines in a
	      diversion.  The escape sequence \? is also  recognised  in  copy
	      mode  and	 turned	 into  a single	internal code; it is this code
	      that terminates anything.	 Thus
		     .nr x 1
		     .nf
		     .di d
		     \?\\?\\\\?\\\\\\\\nx\\\\?\\?\?
		     .di
		     .nr x 2
		     .di e
		     .d
		     .di
		     .nr x 3
		     .di f
		     .e
		     .di
		     .nr x 4
		     .f

	      will print 4.

       \/     This increases the width of the preceding	character so that  the
	      spacing  between that character and the following	character will
	      be correct if the	following character is a roman character.  For
	      example, if an italic f is immediately followed by a roman right
	      parenthesis, then	in many	fonts the top right portion of	the  f
	      will overlap the top left	of the right parenthesis producing f),
	      which is ugly.  Inserting	\/ produces f) and avoids  this	 prob-
	      lem.   It	is a good idea to use this escape sequence whenever an
	      italic character is immediately followed by  a  roman  character
	      without any intervening space.

       \,     This modifies the	spacing	of the following character so that the
	      spacing between that character and the preceding character  will
	      correct  if  the	preceding character is a roman character.  For
	      example, inserting \, between the	parenthesis and	the f  changes
	      (f  to  (f.  It is a good	idea to	use this escape	sequence when-
	      ever a roman character is	 immediately  followed	by  an	italic
	      character	without	any intervening	space.

       \)     Like  \&	except	that it	behaves	like a character declared with
	      the cflags request to be transparent for the purposes of end  of
	      sentence recognition.

       \~     This  produces an	unbreakable space that stretches like a	normal
	      inter-word space when a line is adjusted.

       \:     This causes the insertion	of a zero-width	break  point.	It  is
	      equal to \% but without insertion	of a soft hyphen character.

       \#     Everything  up  to  and  including  the next newline is ignored.
	      This is interpreted in copy mode.	 This is like \"  except  that
	      \" does not ignore the terminating newline.

   New requests
       .aln xx yy
	      Create an	alias xx for number register object named yy.  The new
	      name and the old name will be  exactly  equivalent.   If	yy  is
	      undefined,  a  warning  of  type	reg will be generated, and the
	      request will be ignored.

       .als xx yy
	      Create an	alias xx for  request,	string,	 macro,	 or  diversion
	      object  named yy.	 The new name and the old name will be exactly
	      equivalent (it is	similar	to a hard rather than  a  soft	link).
	      If yy is undefined, a warning of type mac	will be	generated, and
	      the request will be ignored.  The	de, am,	di,  da,  ds,  and  as
	      requests	only  create  a	 new  object if	the name of the	macro,
	      diversion	or string diversion is currently undefined or if it is
	      defined  to  be  a request; normally they	modify the value of an
	      existing object.

       .am1 xx yy
	      Similar to .am, but compatibility	mode is	 switched  off	during
	      execution.   On  entry,  the current compatibility mode is saved
	      and restored at exit.

       .asciify	xx
	      This request `unformats' the diversion xx	in  such  a  way  that
	      ASCII and	space characters (and some escape sequences) that were
	      formatted	and diverted into xx will  be  treated	like  ordinary
	      input  characters	 when  xx is reread.  Useful for diversions in
	      conjunction with the .writem request.  It	can be also  used  for
	      gross hacks; for example,	this

		     .tr @.
		     .di x
		     @nr n 1
		     .br
		     .di
		     .tr @@
		     .asciify x
		     .x

	      will  set	 register  n to	1.  Note that glyph information	(font,
	      font size, etc.) is not preserved; use .unformat instead.

       .backtrace
	      Print a backtrace	of the input stack on stderr.

       .blm xx
	      Set the blank line macro to xx.  If there	is a blank line	macro,
	      it  will	be invoked when	a blank	line is	encountered instead of
	      the usual	troff behaviour.

       .box xx
       .boxa xx
	      These requests are similar to the	di and da  requests  with  the
	      exception	 that  a partially filled line will not	become part of
	      the diversion (i.e., the diversion  always  starts  with	a  new
	      line)  but  restored  after ending the diversion,	discarding the
	      partially	filled line which possibly comes from the diversion.

       .break Break out	of a while loop.  See  also  the  while	 and  continue
	      requests.	 Be sure not to	confuse	this with the br request.

       .brp   This is the same as \p.

       .cflags n c1 c2...
	      Characters c1, c2,...  have properties determined	by n, which is
	      ORed from	the following:

	      1	     the character ends	sentences  (initially  characters  .?!
		     have this property);

	      2	     lines  can	 be  broken before the character (initially no
		     characters	have this property); a line will not be	broken
		     at	 a  character with this	property unless	the characters
		     on	each side both have non-zero hyphenation codes.

	      4	     lines can be broken after the character (initially	 char-
		     acters  -\(hy\(em have this property); a line will	not be
		     broken at a character with	this property unless the char-
		     acters on each side both have non-zero hyphenation	codes.

	      8	     the character overlaps horizontally (initially characters
		     \(ul\(rn\(ru have this property);

	      16     the  character  overlaps  vertically (initially character
		     \(br has this property);

	      32     an	end of sentence	character followed by  any  number  of
		     characters	 with this property will be treated as the end
		     of	a sentence if followed by a newline or two spaces;  in
		     other words the character is transparent for the purposes
		     of	end of sentence	recognition; this is the same as  hav-
		     ing  a  zero  space  factor  in TeX (initially characters
		     "')]*\(dg\(rq have	this property).

       .char c string
	      Define character c to be string.	Every time character  c	 needs
	      to  be printed, string will be processed in a temporary environ-
	      ment and the result will be wrapped up  into  a  single  object.
	      Compatibility  mode  will	be turned off and the escape character
	      will be set to \ while string is being processed.	 Any embolden-
	      ing,  constant  spacing or track kerning will be applied to this
	      object rather than to individual characters in string.  A	 char-
	      acter  defined  by  this	request	can be used just like a	normal
	      character	provided by the	output device.	 In  particular	 other
	      characters  can  be translated to	it with	the tr request;	it can
	      be made the leader character by the lc  request;	repeated  pat-
	      terns can	be drawn with the character using the \l and \L	escape
	      sequences; words containing the character	can be hyphenated cor-
	      rectly,  if  the	hcode  request is used to give the character a
	      hyphenation code.	 There is a  special  anti-recursion  feature:
	      use  of character	within the character's definition will be han-
	      dled like	normal characters not defined with char.  A  character
	      definition can be	removed	with the rchar request.

       .chop xx
	      Chop  the	 last  character  off  macro, string, or diversion xx.
	      This is useful for removing the newline from the end  of	diver-
	      sions that are to	be interpolated	as strings.

       .close stream
	      Close  the  stream  named	 stream;  stream  will no longer be an
	      acceptable argument to the write request.	 See the open request.

       .continue
	      Finish  the  current  iteration  of  a while loop.  See also the
	      while and	break requests.

       .cp n  If n is non-zero or missing, enable compatibility	 mode,	other-
	      wise  disable  it.   In  compatibility  mode, long names are not
	      recognised, and the incompatibilities caused by  long  names  do
	      not arise.

       .dei xx yy
	      Define macro indirectly.	The following example

		     .ds xx aa
		     .ds yy bb
		     .dei xx yy

	      is equivalent to

		     .de aa bb

       .de1 xx yy
	      Similar  to  .de,	 but compatibility mode	is switched off	during
	      execution.  On entry, the	current	compatibility  mode  is	 saved
	      and restored at exit.

       .do xxx
	      Interpret	.xxx with compatibility	mode disabled.	For example,

		     .do fam T

	      would have the same effect as

		     .fam T

	      except  that  it	would work even	if compatibility mode had been
	      enabled.	Note that the previous compatibility mode is  restored
	      before any files sourced by xxx are interpreted.

       .ecs   Save current escape character.

       .ecr   Restore  escape  character  saved	 with ecs.  Without a previous
	      call to ecs, `\' will be the new escape character.

       .evc xx
	      Copy the contents	of environment xx to the current  environment.
	      No pushing or popping of environents will	be done.

       .fam xx
	      Set  the	current	font family to xx.  The	current	font family is
	      part of the current environment.	If xx is missing, switch  back
	      to previous font family.	See the	description of the sty request
	      for more information on font families.

       .fspecial f s1 s2...
	      When the current font is f, fonts	s1, s2,...  will  be  special,
	      that  is,	 they  will searched for characters not	in the current
	      font.  Any fonts	specified  in  the  special  request  will  be
	      searched after fonts specified in	the fspecial request.

       .ftr f g
	      Translate	 font  f to g.	Whenever a font	named f	is referred to
	      in \f escape sequence, or	in the ft, ul, bd, cs,	tkf,  special,
	      fspecial,	 fp,  or  sty  requests, font g	will be	used.  If g is
	      missing, or equal	to f then font f will not be translated.

       .hcode c1 code1 c2 code2...
	      Set the hyphenation code of character c1 to code1	and that of c2
	      to  code2.   A hyphenation code must be a	single input character
	      (not a special character)	other than a digit or a	 space.	  Ini-
	      tially  each  lower-case letter has a hyphenation	code, which is
	      itself, and each upper-case letter has a hyphenation code	 which
	      is  the lower case version of itself.  See also the hpf request.

       .hla lang
	      Set the  current	hyphenation  language  to  lang.   Hyphenation
	      exceptions  specified  with  the hw request and hyphenation pat-
	      terns specified with the hpf request are	both  associated  with
	      the  current  hyphenation	 language.  The	hla request is usually
	      invoked by the troffrc file.

       .hlm n Set the maximum number of	consecutive hyphenated lines to	n.  If
	      n	 is  negative,	there is no maximum.  The default value	is -1.
	      This value is associated with  the  current  environment.	  Only
	      lines output from	an environment count towards the maximum asso-
	      ciated with that environment.  Hyphens  resulting	 from  \%  are
	      counted; explicit	hyphens	are not.

       .hpf file
	      Read  hyphenation	 patterns from file; this will be searched for
	      in the same way that name.tmac is	searched for when  the	-mname
	      option  is  specified.   It  should  have	the same format	as the
	      argument to the \patterns	primitive in TeX; the letters  appear-
	      ing  in  this  file  are	interpreted as hyphenation codes.  A %
	      character	in the patterns	file introduces	a comment that contin-
	      ues  to the end of the line.  The	set of hyphenation patterns is
	      associated with the current language set	by  the	 hla  request.
	      The hpf request is usually invoked by the	troffrc	file.

       .hym n Set  the	hyphenation  margin  to	n: when	the current adjustment
	      mode is not b, the line will not be hyphenated if	the line is no
	      more  than  n  short.  The default hyphenation margin is 0.  The
	      default scaling indicator	for this request is  m.	  The  hyphen-
	      ation  margin  is	 associated with the current environment.  The
	      current hyphenation margin is available in the  \n[.hym]	regis-
	      ter.

       .hys n Set the hyphenation space	to n: when the current adjustment mode
	      is b don't hyphenate the line if the line	can  be	 justified  by
	      adding  no  more	than  n	 extra	space to each word space.  The
	      default hyphenation space	is 0.  The default  scaling  indicator
	      for this request is m.  The hyphenation space is associated with
	      the current  environment.	  The  current	hyphenation  space  is
	      available	in the \n[.hys]	register.

       .kern n
	      If  n is non-zero	or missing, enable pairwise kerning, otherwise
	      disable it.

       .length xx string
	      Compute the length of string and return it in the	number	regis-
	      ter xx (which is not necessarily defined before).

       .linetabs n
	      If  n  is	 non-zero or missing, enable line-tabs mode, otherwise
	      disable it (which	is the default).  In line-tabs mode, tab  dis-
	      tances are computed relative to the (current) output line.  Oth-
	      erwise they are taken relative to	the input line.	 For  example,
	      the following

		     .ds x a\t\c
		     .ds y b\t\c
		     .ds z c
		     .ta 1i 3i
		     \*x
		     \*y
		     \*z

	      yields

		     a	       b	 c

	      In line-tabs mode, the same code gives

		     a	       b		   c

	      Line-tabs	 mode  is associated with the current environment; the
	      read-only	number register	\n[.linetabs] is set to	1 if in	 line-
	      tabs mode, and 0 otherwise.

       .mso file
	      The  same	 as the	so request except that file is searched	for in
	      the same directories as macro files for the the -m command  line
	      option.	If the file name to be included	has the	form name.tmac
	      and it isn't found, mso tries to include tmac.name  instead  and
	      vice versa.

       .nop anything
	      Execute anything.	 This is similar to `.if 1'.

       .nroff Make  the	n built-in condition true and the t built-in condition
	      false.  This can be reversed using the troff request.

       .open stream filename
	      Open filename for	writing	and associate the stream named	stream
	      with it.	See also the close and write requests.

       .opena stream filename
	      Like open, but if	filename exists, append	to it instead of trun-
	      cating it.

       .pnr   Print the	names and contents of  all  currently  defined	number
	      registers	on stderr.

       .psbb filename
	      Get  the bounding	box of a PostScript image filename.  This file
	      must conform to Adobe's Document	Structuring  Conventions;  the
	      command  looks for a %%BoundingBox comment to extract the	bound-
	      ing box values.  After a successful call,	 the  coordinates  (in
	      PostScript  units)  of the lower left and	upper right corner can
	      be  found	 in  the  registers  \n[llx],  \n[lly],	 \n[urx],  and
	      \n[ury],	respectively.	If  some  error	has occurred, the four
	      registers	are set	to zero.

       .pso command
	      This behaves like	the so request except that  input  comes  from
	      the standard output of command.

       .ptr   Print  the names and positions of	all traps (not including input
	      line traps and diversion traps) on stderr.  Empty	slots  in  the
	      page  trap list are printed as well, because they	can affect the
	      priority of subsequently planted traps.

       .rchar c1 c2...
	      Remove the definitions of	characters c1, c2,...  This undoes the
	      effect of	a char request.

       .return
	      Within a macro, return immediately.  No effect otherwise.

       .rj
       .rj n  Right justify the	next n input lines.  Without an	argument right
	      justify the next input line.  The	number of lines	 to  be	 right
	      justified	is available in	the \n[.rj] register.  This implicitly
	      does .ce 0.  The ce request implicitly does .rj 0.

       .rnn xx yy
	      Rename number register xx	to yy.

       .shc c Set the soft hyphen character to c.  If c	is omitted,  the  soft
	      hyphen  character	 will  be  set	to the default \(hy.  The soft
	      hyphen character is the character	which will be inserted when  a
	      word  is hyphenated at a line break.  If the soft	hyphen charac-
	      ter does not exist in the	font of	the character immediately pre-
	      ceding a potential break point, then the line will not be	broken
	      at that point.  Neither definitions  (specified  with  the  char
	      request)	nor  translations  (specified with the tr request) are
	      considered when finding the soft hyphen character.

       .shift n
	      In a macro, shift	the  arguments	by  n  positions:  argument  i
	      becomes  argument	i-n; arguments 1 to n will no longer be	avail-
	      able.  If	n is missing, arguments	will be	shifted	by 1.	Shift-
	      ing by negative amounts is currently undefined.

       .special	s1 s2...
	      Fonts  s1,  s2,  are special and will be searched	for characters
	      not in the current font.

       .sty n f
	      Associate	style f	with font position n.  A font position can  be
	      associated either	with a font or with a style.  The current font
	      is the index of a	font position and so is	also either a font  or
	      a	 style.	 When it is a style, the font that is actually used is
	      the font the name	of which is the	concatenation of the  name  of
	      the current family and the name of the current style.  For exam-
	      ple, if the current font is 1 and	font position 1	is  associated
	      with style R and the current font	family is T, then font TR will
	      be used.	If the current font is not a style, then  the  current
	      family  is ignored.  When	the requests cs, bd, tkf, uf, or fspe-
	      cial are applied to a style, then	they will instead  be  applied
	      to the member of the current family corresponding	to that	style.
	      The default family can be	set with the -f	 option.   The	styles
	      command  in the DESC file	controls which font positions (if any)
	      are initially associated with styles rather than fonts.

       .substring xx n1	[n2]
	      Replace the string in register xx	with the substring defined  by
	      the  indices  n1	and n2.	 The first character in	the string has
	      index one.  If n2	is omitted, it is taken	to  be	equal  to  the
	      string's	length.	  If  the  index value n1 or n2	is negative or
	      zero, it will be counted from the	end of the string, going back-
	      wards:  The last character has index 0, the character before the
	      last character has index -1, etc.

       .tkf f s1 n1 s2 n2
	      Enable track kerning for font f.	When the current font is f the
	      width  of	every character	will be	increased by an	amount between
	      n1 and n2; when the current point	size is	less than or equal  to
	      s1 the width will	be increased by	n1; when it is greater than or
	      equal to s2 the width will be increased by n2;  when  the	 point
	      size is greater than or equal to s1 and less than	or equal to s2
	      the increase in width is a linear	function of the	point size.

       .tm1 string
	      Similar to the tm	request, string	is read	in copy	mode and writ-
	      ten on the standard error, but an	initial	double quote in	string
	      is stripped off to allow initial blanks.

       .tmc string
	      Similar to tm1 but without writing a final newline.

       .trf filename
	      Transparently output the contents	of file	filename.   Each  line
	      is  output  as  it would be were it preceded by \!; however, the
	      lines are	not subject to copy-mode interpretation.  If the  file
	      does  not	end with a newline, then a newline will	be added.  For
	      example, you can define a	macro x	 containing  the  contents  of
	      file f, using

		     .di x
		     .trf f
		     .di

	      Unlike  with  the	cf request, the	file cannot contain characters
	      such as NUL that are not legal troff input characters.

       .trnt abcd
	      This is the same as the tr request except	that the  translations
	      do  not  apply  to  text that is transparently throughput	into a
	      diversion	with \!.  For example,

		     .tr ab
		     .di x
		     \!.tm a
		     .di
		     .x

	      will print b; if trnt is used instead of tr it will print	a.

       .troff Make the n built-in condition false, and the t  built-in	condi-
	      tion true.  This undoes the effect of the	nroff request.

       .unformat xx
	      This  request  `unformats'  the  diversion  xx.  Contrary	to the
	      .asciify request,	which tries to convert formatted  elements  of
	      the  diversion back to input tokens as much as possible, .unfor-
	      mat will only handle tabs	 and  spaces  between  words  (usually
	      caused  by spaces	or newlines in the input) specially.  The for-
	      mer are treated as if they were input tokens, and	the latter are
	      stretchable  again.  Note	that the vertical size of lines	is not
	      preserved.  Glyph	information (font,  font  size,	 space	width,
	      etc.)  is	 retained.   Useful  in	 conjunction with the .box and
	      .boxa requests.

       .vpt n Enable vertical position traps if	n is  non-zero,	 disable  them
	      otherwise.   Vertical  position traps are	traps set by the wh or
	      dt requests.  Traps set by the it	request	are not	vertical posi-
	      tion  traps.  The	parameter that controls	whether	vertical posi-
	      tion traps are enabled is	global.	 Initially  vertical  position
	      traps are	enabled.

       .warn n
	      Control  warnings.   n is	the sum	of the numbers associated with
	      each warning that	is to be enabled; all other warnings  will  be
	      disabled.	  The number associated	with each warning is listed in
	      the `Warnings' section.  For example, .warn 0 will  disable  all
	      warnings,	 and  .warn  1	will  disable all warnings except that
	      about missing characters.	 If n is not given, all	warnings  will
	      be enabled.

       .while c	anything
	      While  condition	c  is true, accept anything as input; c	can be
	      any condition acceptable to an if	request; anything can comprise
	      multiple	lines  if  the	first line starts with \{ and the last
	      line ends	with \}.  See also the break and continue requests.

       .write stream anything
	      Write anything to	the stream named stream.  stream  must	previ-
	      ously  have  been	 the  subject of an open request.  anything is
	      read in copy mode; a leading " will be stripped.

       .writem stream xx
	      Write the	contents of the	macro or string	xx to the stream named
	      stream.  stream must previously have been	the subject of an open
	      request.	xx is read in copy mode.

   Extended requests
       .cf filename
	      When used	in a diversion,	this will embed	in  the	 diversion  an
	      object  which,  when reread, will	cause the contents of filename
	      to be transparently copied  through  to  the  output.   In  UNIX
	      troff, the contents of filename is immediately copied through to
	      the output regardless of whether there is	a  current  diversion;
	      this behaviour is	so anomalous that it must be considered	a bug.

       .ev xx If xx is not a number, this will switch to a  named  environment
	      called  xx.  The environment should be popped with a matching ev
	      request without any arguments, just  as  for  numbered  environ-
	      ments.   There  is no limit on the number	of named environments;
	      they will	be created the first time that they are	referenced.

       .fp n f1	f2
	      The fp request has an optional third  argument.	This  argument
	      gives  the  external name	of the font, which is used for finding
	      the font description file.  The second argument gives the	inter-
	      nal name of the font which is used to refer to the font in troff
	      after it has been	mounted.  If there is no third	argument  then
	      the  internal name will be used as the external name.  This fea-
	      ture allows you to use fonts with	long  names  in	 compatibility
	      mode.

       .ss m n
	      When two arguments are given to the ss request, the second argu-
	      ment gives the sentence space size.  If the second  argument  is
	      not  given, the sentence space size will be the same as the word
	      space size.  Like	the word space size, the sentence space	is  in
	      units of one twelfth of the spacewidth parameter for the current
	      font.  Initially both the	word space size	and the	sentence space
	      size  are	 12.   Contrary	 to UNIX troff,	GNU troff handles this
	      request in nroff mode also; a given value	is then	 rounded  down
	      to  the nearest multiple of 12.  The sentence space size is used
	      in two circumstances: if the end of a sentence occurs at the end
	      of a line	in fill	mode, then both	an inter-word space and	a sen-
	      tence space will be added; if two	spaces follow  the  end	 of  a
	      sentence	in the middle of a line, then the second space will be
	      a	sentence space.	 Note that the behaviour of UNIX troff will be
	      exactly  that  exhibited	by  GNU	 troff if a second argument is
	      never given to the ss request.  In GNU troff, as in UNIX	troff,
	      you should always	follow a sentence with either a	newline	or two
	      spaces.

       .ta n1 n2...nn T	r1 r2...rn
	      Set tabs at positions n1,	n2,...,	nn and then set	tabs at	nn+r1,
	      nn+r2,....,  nn+rn and then at nn+rn+r1, nn+rn+r2,..., nn+rn+rn,
	      and so on.  For example,

		     .ta T .5i

	      will set tabs every half an inch.

   New number registers
       The following read-only registers are available:

       \n[.C] 1	if compatibility mode is in effect, 0 otherwise.

       \n[.cdp]
	      The depth	of the last character added to	the  current  environ-
	      ment.   It  is positive if the character extends below the base-
	      line.

       \n[.ce]
	      The number of lines remaining to be centered, as set by  the  ce
	      request.

       \n[.cht]
	      The  height  of the last character added to the current environ-
	      ment.  It	is positive if the character extends above  the	 base-
	      line.

       \n[.csk]
	      The skew of the last character added to the current environment.
	      The skew of a character is how far to the	right of the center of
	      a	 character  the	center of an accent over that character	should
	      be placed.

       \n[.ev]
	      The name or number  of  the  current  environment.   This	 is  a
	      string-valued register.

       \n[.fam]
	      The current font family.	This is	a string-valued	register.

       \n[.fp]
	      The number of the	next free font position.

       \n[.g] Always  1.  Macros should	use this to determine whether they are
	      running under GNU	troff.

       \n[.hla]
	      The current hyphenation language as set by the hla request.

       \n[.hlc]
	      The  number  of  immediately  preceding  consecutive  hyphenated
	      lines.

       \n[.hlm]
	      The  maximum  allowed number of consecutive hyphenated lines, as
	      set by the hlm request.

       \n[.hy]
	      The current hyphenation flags (as	set by the hy request).

       \n[.hym]
	      The current hyphenation margin (as set by	the hym	request).

       \n[.hys]
	      The current hyphenation space (as	set by the hys request).

       \n[.in]
	      The indent that applies to the current output line.

       \n[.int]
	      Set to a positive	value  if  last	 output	 line  is  interrupted
	      (i.e., if	it contains \c).

       \n[.kern]
	      1	if pairwise kerning is enabled,	0 otherwise.

       \n[.lg]
	      The current ligature mode	(as set	by the lg request).

       \n[.linetabs]
	      The current line-tabs mode (as set by the	linetabs request).

       \n[.ll]
	      The line length that applies to the current output line.

       \n[.lt]
	      The title	length as set by the lt	request.

       \n[.ne]
	      The  amount of space that	was needed in the last ne request that
	      caused a trap to be sprung.   Useful  in	conjunction  with  the
	      \n[.trunc] register.

       \n[.ns]
	      1	if no-space mode is active, 0 otherwise.

       \n[.pn]
	      The  number  of  the  next  page:	 either	 the value set by a pn
	      request, or the number of	the current page plus 1.

       \n[.ps]
	      The current pointsize in scaled points.

       \n[.psr]
	      The last-requested pointsize in scaled points.

       \n[.rj]
	      The number of lines to be	 right-justified  as  set  by  the  rj
	      request.

       \n[.sr]
	      The  last	 requested  pointsize in points	as a decimal fraction.
	      This is a	string-valued register.

       \n[.tabs]
	      A	string representation of the current tab settings suitable for
	      use as an	argument to the	ta request.

       \n[.trunc]
	      The  amount  of  vertical	 space	truncated by the most recently
	      sprung vertical position trap, or, if the	trap was sprung	 by  a
	      ne  request, minus the amount of vertical	motion produced	by the
	      ne request.  In other words, at the point	a trap is  sprung,  it
	      represents  the  difference  of what the vertical	position would
	      have been	but for	the trap, and what the vertical	position actu-
	      ally is.	Useful in conjunction with the \n[.ne] register.

       \n[.ss]
       \n[.sss]
	      These  give  the	values	of the parameters set by the first and
	      second arguments of the ss request.

       \n[.vpt]
	      1	if vertical position traps are enabled,	0 otherwise.

       \n[.warn]
	      The sum of the numbers associated	with  each  of	the  currently
	      enabled  warnings.   The	number associated with each warning is
	      listed in	the `Warnings' subsection.

       \n[.x] The major	version	number.	 For example, if the version number is
	      1.03 then	\n[.x] will contain 1.

       \n[.y] The minor	version	number.	 For example, if the version number is
	      1.03 then	\n[.y] will contain 03.

       \n[.Y] The revision number of groff.

       \n[llx]
       \n[lly]
       \n[urx]
       \n[ury]
	      These four registers are set by the .psbb	 request  and  contain
	      the  bounding  box values	(in PostScript units) of a given Post-
	      Script image.

       The following read/write	registers are set by the \w escape sequence:

       \n[rst]
       \n[rsb]
	      Like the st and sb registers, but	takes account of  the  heights
	      and depths of characters.

       \n[ssc]
	      The  amount  of horizontal space (possibly negative) that	should
	      be added to the last character before a subscript.

       \n[skw]
	      How far to right of the center of	the last character in  the  \w
	      argument,	 the  center  of an accent from	a roman	font should be
	      placed over that character.

       Other available read/write number registers are:

       \n[c.] The current input	line number.  \n[.c] is	a read-only  alias  to
	      this register.

       \n[hp] The current horizontal position at input line.

       \n[systat]
	      The  return  value of the	system() function executed by the last
	      sy request.

       \n[slimit]
	      If greater than 0, the maximum number of objects	on  the	 input
	      stack.   If  less	 than  or equal	to 0, there is no limit	on the
	      number of	objects	on the input stack.  With no limit,  recursion
	      can continue until virtual memory	is exhausted.

       \n[year]
	      The current year.	 Note that the traditional troff number	regis-
	      ter \n[yr] is the	current	year minus 1900.

   Miscellaneous
       troff predefines	a single (read/write)  string-based  register,	\*(.T,
       which contains the argument given to the	-T command line	option,	namely
       the current output device (for example, latin1 or  ascii).   Note  that
       this is not the same as the (read-only) number register \n[.T] which is
       defined to be 1 if troff	is called with the -T command line option, and
       zero otherwise.	This behaviour is different to UNIX troff.

       Fonts not listed	in the DESC file are automatically mounted on the next
       available font position when they are referenced.  If a font is	to  be
       mounted	explicitly  with the fp	request	on an unused font position, it
       should be mounted on the	first unused font position, which can be found
       in the \n[.fp] register;	although troff does not	enforce	this strictly,
       it will not allow a font	to be mounted at a position  whose  number  is
       much greater than that of any currently used position.

       Interpolating a string does not hide existing macro arguments.  Thus in
       a macro,	a more efficient way of	doing

	      .xx \\$@

       is

	      \\*[xx]\\

       If the font description file  contains  pairwise	 kerning  information,
       characters  from	that font will be kerned.  Kerning between two charac-
       ters can	be inhibited by	placing	a \& between them.

       In a string comparison in a condition, characters that appear  at  dif-
       ferent input levels to the first	delimiter character will not be	recog-
       nised as	the second or third delimiters.	 This applies also to  the  tl
       request.	  In  a	\w escape sequence, a character	that appears at	a dif-
       ferent input level to the starting  delimiter  character	 will  not  be
       recognised  as  the closing delimiter character.	 When decoding a macro
       argument	that is	delimited by double quotes, a character	 that  appears
       at a different input level to the starting delimiter character will not
       be recognised as	the closing delimiter character.   The	implementation
       of  \$@	ensures	 that  the  double quotes surrounding an argument will
       appear the same input level, which will be different to the input level
       of the argument itself.	In a long escape name ]	will not be recognized
       as a closing delimiter except when it occurs at the same	input level as
       the  opening  ].	  In  compatibility  mode, no attention	is paid	to the
       input-level.

       There are some new types	of condition:

       .if rxxx
	      True if there is a number	register named xxx.

       .if dxxx
	      True if there is a string, macro,	diversion,  or	request	 named
	      xxx.

       .if cch
	      True if there is a character ch available; ch is either an ASCII
	      character	or a special character \(xx or \[xxx];	the  condition
	      will also	be true	if ch has been defined by the char request.

       The tr request can now map characters onto \~.

   Warnings
       The  warnings that can be given by troff	are divided into the following
       categories.  The	name associated	with each warning is used  by  the  -w
       and  -W	options;  the  number  is used by the warn request, and	by the
       .warn register.

       char	      1	  Non-existent	characters.   This   is	  enabled   by
			  default.

       number	      2	  Invalid  numeric  expressions.   This	 is enabled by
			  default.

       break	      4	  In fill mode,	lines which could  not	be  broken  so
			  that	their  length  was  less than the line length.
			  This is enabled by default.

       delim	      8	  Missing or mismatched	closing	delimiters.

       el	     16	  Use of the el	request	with no	matching ie request.

       scale	     32	  Meaningless scaling indicators.

       range	     64	  Out of range arguments.

       syntax	    128	  Dubious syntax in numeric expressions.

       di	    256	  Use of di or da without an argument when there is no
			  current diversion.

       mac	    512	  Use  of  undefined  strings,	macros and diversions.
			  When an undefined  string,  macro  or	 diversion  is
			  used,	that string is automatically defined as	empty.
			  So, in most cases, at	most one warning will be given
			  for each name.

       reg	   1024	  Use  of  undefined  number registers.	 When an unde-
			  fined	number register	 is  used,  that  register  is
			  automatically	defined	to have	a value	of 0.  a defi-
			  nition is automatically made with a value of 0.  So,
			  in most cases, at most one warning will be given for
			  use of a particular name.

       tab	   2048	  Inappropriate	use of a tab character.	 Either	use of
			  a  tab character where a number was expected,	or use
			  of tab character in an unquoted macro	argument.

       right-brace 4096	  Use of \} where a number was expected.

       missing	   8192	  Requests that	are missing non-optional arguments.

       input	  16384	  Illegal input	characters.

       escape	  32768	  Unrecognized escape sequences.  When an unrecognized
			  escape sequence is encountered, the escape character
			  is ignored.

       space	  65536	  Missing space	between	a request  or  macro  and  its
			  argument.   This warning will	be given when an unde-
			  fined	name longer than  two  characters  is  encoun-
			  tered, and the first two characters of the name make
			  a defined name.  The request or macro	 will  not  be
			  invoked.   When  this	 warning is given, no macro is
			  automatically	defined.  This is enabled by  default.
			  This warning will never occur	in compatibility mode.

       font	 131072	  Non-existent fonts.  This is enabled by default.

       ig	 262144	  Illegal escapes in text ignored with the ig request.
			  These	 are  conditions  that are errors when they do
			  not occur in ignored text.

       There are also names that can be	used to	refer to groups	of warnings:

       all    All warnings except di, mac and reg.  It is intended  that  this
	      covers all warnings that are useful with traditional macro pack-
	      ages.

       w      All warnings.

   Incompatibilities
       Long names cause	some incompatibilities.	 UNIX troff will interpret

	      .dsabcd

       as defining a string ab with contents cd.   Normally,  GNU  troff  will
       interpret this as a call	of a macro named dsabcd.  Also UNIX troff will
       interpret \*[ or	\n[ as references  to  a  string  or  number  register
       called  [.  In GNU troff, however, this will normally be	interpreted as
       the start of a long name.  In compatibility mode	GNU troff will	inter-
       pret  these things in the traditional way.  In compatibility mode, how-
       ever, long names	are not	recognised.  Compatibility mode	can be	turned
       on  with	 the  -C command line option, and turned on or off with	the cp
       request.	 The number register \n[.C] is 1 if compatibility mode is  on,
       0 otherwise.

       GNU   troff   does   not	  allow	  the  use  of	the  escape  sequences
       \\|\^\&\}\{\(space)\'\`\-\_\!\%\c in names of strings,  macros,	diver-
       sions,  number  registers, fonts	or environments; UNIX troff does.  The
       \A escape sequence may be helpful  in  avoiding	use  of	 these	escape
       sequences in names.

       Fractional  pointsizes  cause  one noteworthy incompatibility.  In UNIX
       troff the ps request ignores scale indicators and so

	      .ps 10u

       will set	the pointsize to 10 points, whereas in GNU troff it  will  set
       the pointsize to	10 scaled points.

       In  GNU	troff  there  is a fundamental difference between unformatted,
       input characters, and formatted,	output	characters.   Everything  that
       affects how an output character will be output is stored	with the char-
       acter; once an output character has been	constructed it	is  unaffected
       by  any	subsequent  requests that are executed,	including bd, cs, tkf,
       tr, or fp requests.  Normally output characters	are  constructed  from
       input  characters  at  the  moment  immediately before the character is
       added to	the current output line.  Macros, diversions and  strings  are
       all,  in	 fact,	the  same  type	of object; they	contain	lists of input
       characters and output characters	in any combination.  An	output charac-
       ter  does  not behave like an input character for the purposes of macro
       processing; it does not inherit any of the special properties that  the
       input  character	 from  which  it  was constructed might	have had.  For
       example,

	      .di x
	      \\\\
	      .br
	      .di
	      .x

       will print \\ in	GNU troff; each	pair of	input \s is  turned  into  one
       output  \  and  the  resulting  output \s are not interpreted as	escape
       characters when they are	reread.	 UNIX troff would  interpret  them  as
       escape  characters  when	they were reread and would end up printing one
       \.  The correct way to obtain a printable \ is to  use  the  \e	escape
       sequence:  this	will  always  print  a	single instance	of the current
       escape character, regardless of whether or not it is used in  a	diver-
       sion;  it will also work	in both	GNU troff and UNIX troff.  If you wish
       for some	reason to store	in a diversion an escape sequence that will be
       interpreted when	the diversion is reread, you can either	use the	tradi-
       tional \! transparent output facility, or, if this is  unsuitable,  the
       new \? escape sequence.

ENVIRONMENT
       GROFF_TMAC_PATH
	      A	 colon	separated  list	 of directories	in which to search for
	      macro files.  troff will scan directories	given in the -M	option
	      before  these, and in standard directories (current directory if
	      in    unsafe    mode,    home    directory,     /usr/share/tmac,
	      /usr/share/tmac, /usr/share/tmac)	after these.

       GROFF_TYPESETTER
	      Default device.

       GROFF_FONT_PATH
	      A	colon separated	list of	directories in which to	search for the
	      devname directory.  troff	will scan directories given in the  -F
	      option	before	  these,    and	   in	standard   directories
	      (/usr/share/groff_font) after these.

FILES
       /usr/share/tmac/troffrc
	      Initialization file (called before any other macro package).

       /usr/share/tmac/troffrc-end
	      Initialization file (called after	any other macro	package).

       /usr/share/tmac/name.tmac
       /usr/share/tmac/tmac.name
	      Macro files

       /usr/share/groff_font/devname/DESC
	      Device description file for device name.

       /usr/share/groff_font/devname/F
	      Font file	for font F of device name.

       Note that troffrc and troffrc-end are neither searched in  the  current
       nor  in the home	directory by default for security reasons (even	if the
       -U  option  is  given).	 Use  the  -M  command	line  option  or   the
       GROFF_TMAC_PATH	environment  variable  to add these directories	to the
       search path if necessary.

SEE ALSO
       groff(7)	-- This	is a short but complete	 reference  of	all  requests,
       registers, and escapes.

       groff(1),   tbl(1),   pic(1),   eqn(1),	refer(1),  soelim(1),  grn(1),
       grops(1), grodvi(1), grotty(1), grohtml(1),  grolj4(1),	groff_font(5),
       groff_out(5), groff_char(7)

Groff Version 1.17.2		 6 August 2001			      TROFF(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | OPTIONS | USAGE | ENVIRONMENT | FILES | SEE ALSO

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