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LOOKBIB(1)                  General Commands Manual                 LOOKBIB(1)



NAME
       lookbib - find references in a bibliographic database

SYNOPSIS
       lookbib database

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

DESCRIPTION
       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 `%'.

       lookbib  uses an inverted index made by indxbib to find sets of biblio-
       graphic references.  It reads keywords typed after the  `>>'  prompt  on
       the  terminal, and retrieves records containing all these keywords.  If
       nothing matches, nothing is returned except another `>>' prompt.

       It is possible to search multiple databases, as long  as  they  have  a
       common index made by indxbib(1).  In that case, only the first argument
       given to indxbib is specified to lookbib.

       If lookbib does not find the index files (the .i[abc] files), it  looks
       for  a  reference  file with the same name as the argument, without the
       suffixes.  It creates a file with a .ig suffix, suitable for  use  with
       fgrep (see grep(1V)).  lookbib then uses this fgrep file to find refer-
       ences.  This method is simpler to use, but the .ig file  is  slower  to
       use than the .i[abc] files, and does not allow the use of multiple ref-
       erence files.

FILES
       x.ia
       x.ib
       x.ic                index files
       x.ig                reference file

SEE ALSO
       addbib(1), grep(1V), indxbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1)

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



                               21 December 1987                     LOOKBIB(1)