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ptx - produce a permuted index of file contents


ptx [ OPTION]... [INPUT]... (without -G)


Output a permuted index, including context, of the words in the input files.
Mandatory arguments to long options are mandatory for short options too.
-A, --auto-reference
output automatically generated references
-G, --traditional
behave more like System V 'ptx'
-F, --flag-truncation=STRING
use STRING for flagging line truncations
-M, --macro-name=STRING
macro name to use instead of 'xx'
-O, --format=roff
generate output as roff directives
-R, --right-side-refs
put references at right, not counted in -w
-S, --sentence-regexp=REGEXP
for end of lines or end of sentences
-T, --format=tex
generate output as TeX directives
-W, --word-regexp=REGEXP
use REGEXP to match each keyword
-b, --break-file=FILE
word break characters in this FILE
-f, --ignore-case
fold lower case to upper case for sorting
-g, --gap-size=NUMBER
gap size in columns between output fields
-i, --ignore-file=FILE
read ignore word list from FILE
-o, --only-file=FILE
read only word list from this FILE
-r, --references
first field of each line is a reference
-t, --typeset-mode - not implemented -
-w, --width=NUMBER
output width in columns, reference excluded
display this help and exit
output version information and exit
With no FILE, or when FILE is -, read standard input. Default is '-F /'.


Written by F. Pinard.


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Copyright © 2014 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


Full documentation at: <>
or available locally via: info '(coreutils) ptx invocation'
March 2015 GNU coreutils 8.23