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lookbib(1)                       User Commands                      lookbib(1)



NAME
       lookbib - find references in a bibliographic database

SYNOPSIS
       lookbib database

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 `%'.

       The lookbib utility uses an inverted index made by indxbib to find sets
       of  bibliographic  references.   It  reads keywords typed after the `>>'
       prompt on the terminal, and retrieves records containing all these key-
       words.  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(1)). 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



ATTRIBUTES
       See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:


       tab()    allbox;    cw(2.750000i)|     cw(2.750000i)     lw(2.750000i)|
       lw(2.750000i).  ATTRIBUTE TYPEATTRIBUTE VALUE AvailabilitySUNWdoc


SEE ALSO
       addbib(1),   grep(1),  indxbib(1),  refer(1),  roffbib(1),  sortbib(1),
       attributes(5)

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



SunOS 5.10                        14 Sep 1992                       lookbib(1)