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bookman(1) bookman(1)


bookman - Generate a book from man pages


bookman [-pPxn] [-o outfile] [-a author] [-d date] [-r release]
[-t title] [-v volume] [-c coverfile] [manfile]


bookman compiles a set of man pages files specified by manfile arguments, or if no manfile is given, filenames are read from standard input.


PDF output format.
Postscript output format.
X11 previewing, using gxditview(1).
no format, output is direct gtroff intermediate format.
Output in file outfile. Default is standard output.
Set the author, on the cover page.
Set the date on the cover page.
Set the book name and release on the cover page.
Set the title on the cover page.
Specify the name of the volume.
Uses the file coverfile to generate the cover page, i.e. all pages preceding the table of content. coverfile must be in groff_ms(7) format.


Unix timestamp that is used for date in header instead of current date.


To build a reference manual from section 2 man, do:

$ cd /usr/share/man/man2
$ bookman -p -t 'Unix Reference Manual' * >book.pdf


man(1), mandoc(7), groff_ms(7), groff(1), troff(1), grops(1), gxditview(1), ps2pdf(1).


Marc Vertes <>

20 August 2021 txt2man-1.7.1