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INDXBIB(1)                  General Commands Manual                 INDXBIB(1)



NAME
       indxbib - create an inverted index to a bibliographic database

SYNOPSIS
       indxbib database-file...

AVAILABILITY
       This  command  is available with the Text software installation option.
       Refer to for information on how to install optional software.

DESCRIPTION
       indxbib makes an inverted index to the named database-file (which  must
       reside  within  the current directory), typically for use by lookbib(1)
       and refer(1).  A database contains bibliographic references  (or  other
       kinds of information) separated by blank lines.

       A  bibliographic  reference  is  a set of lines, constituting fields of
       bibliographic information.  Each field starts on a line beginning  with
       a `%', followed by a key-letter, then a blank, and finally the contents
       of the field, which may continue until the next line starting with `%'.

       indxbib is a shell script that calls two programs:  /usr/lib/refer/mkey
       and /usr/lib/refer/inv.  mkey truncates words to 6 characters, and maps
       upper case to lower case.  It also discards words shorter than 3  char-
       acters,  words  among  the  100  most common English words, and numbers
       (dates) < 1900 or > 2000.  These parameters can be changed.  See  refer
       in for details.

       indxbib  creates  an  entry  file  (with  a .ia suffix), a posting file
       (.ib), and a tag file (.ic), in the working directory.

FILES
       /usr/lib/refer/mkey
       /usr/lib/refer/inv
       x.ia                entry file
       x.ib                posting file
       x.ic                tag file
       x.ig                reference file

SEE ALSO
       addbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1)

BUGS
       All dates should probably be indexed, since many disciplines  refer  to
       literature written in the 1800s or earlier.

       indxbib does not recognize pathnames.



                               21 December 1987                     INDXBIB(1)