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Re: [help-texinfo] Texinfo <-> roff?

From: Patrice Dumas
Subject: Re: [help-texinfo] Texinfo <-> roff?
Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 13:06:50 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.20 (2009-12-10)

On Sat, Dec 03, 2016 at 11:25:56PM +0000, James Youngman wrote:
> Based on I see that there is a
> manpage -> Texinfo converter, and also that there is a Texinfo->roff
> converter.  The latter is more appealing (since the thing I'm documenting
> is GNU findutils, and GNU prefers Texinfo).   However, the link is broken (
> redirects to, which domain
> is apparently for sale and contains no useful content).    Does anybody
> have a concrete suggestion as to how to proceed?   Is there, for example,
> an nroff configuration for texi2any that wasn't mentioned?

In 2004, there was a customization for texi2html to produce roff based
on texinfo.  it was based in turn on texi2roff output if I recall well,
at least partly to decide which controls to use.  It was not the man
roff style, it was a style more in line for books/manuals.  It was
unmaintained, however in texi2html and not kept when texi2html things
were ported to texinfo.

At that time texi2roff was also unmaintained, and did not work very
well with new texinfo.

If somebody is interested, I think that some of the commands mapping to
roff controls could be kept from the texi2html init file, but my advice
would be to do the converter code from scratch based on other
Texinfo/tp/Convert converter instead of trying to salvage code in the
texi2html init file.

I attach the texi2html init file.


Attachment: roff.init
Description: Text document

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