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PTX(1)                      General Commands Manual                     PTX(1)

       ptx - generate a permuted index

       ptx [ -f ] [ -t ] [ -w n ] [ -g n ] [ -o only ] [ -i ignore ]
            [ -b break] [ -r ] [ input [ output ] ]

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

       ptx generates a permuted index of the contents of file input onto  file
       output (defaults are standard input and output).  ptx has three phases:
       the first does the permutation, generating one line for each keyword in
       an input line.  The keyword is rotated to the front.  The permuted file
       is then sorted.  Finally, the sorted lines are rotated so  the  keyword
       comes at the middle of the page.  ptx produces output in the form:

              .xx "tail" "before keyword" "keyword and after" "head"

       where  xx may be an nroff(1) or troff(1) macro for user-defined format-
       ting.  The before keyword and keyword and after fields  incorporate  as
       much  of  the line as will fit around the keyword when it is printed at
       the middle of the page.  tail and head, at least one  of  which  is  an
       empty  string  "", are wrapped-around pieces small enough to fit in the
       unused space at the opposite end of the line.  When original text  must
       be discarded, `/' marks the spot.

       -f             Fold upper and lower case letters for sorting.

       -t             Prepare  the output for the phototypesetter; the default
                      line length is 100 characters.

       -w n           Use the next argument, n, as the  width  of  the  output
                      line.  The default line length is 72 characters.

       -g n           Use the next argument, n, as the number of characters to
                      allow for each gap among the four parts of the  line  as
                      finally printed.  The default gap is 3 characters.

       -o only        Use as keywords only the words given in the only file.

       -i ignore      Do  not  use  as  keywords any words given in the ignore
                      file.  If  the  -i  and  -o  options  are  missing,  use
                      /usr/lib/eign as the ignore file.

       -b break       Use  the characters in the break file to separate words.
                      In any case, TAB,  NEWLINE,  and  SPACE  characters  are
                      always used as break characters.

       -r             Take  any leading nonblank characters of each input line
                      to be a reference identifier (as to a page  or  chapter)
                      separate from the text of the line.  Attach that identi-
                      fier as a 5th field on each output line.


       nroff(1), sort(1V), troff(1)

       Line length counts do not  account  for  overstriking  or  proportional

                               21 December 1987                         PTX(1)