INDXBIB(1) General Commands Manual INDXBIB(1)
indxbib - create an inverted index to a bibliographic database
This command is available with the Text software installation option.
Refer to for information on how to install optional software.
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.
x.ia entry file
x.ib posting file
x.ic tag file
x.ig reference file
addbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1)
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)