indxbib makes an inverted index for the bibliographic databases in
filename... for use with refer(1), lookbib(1), and lkbib(1). The
index will be named filename.i; the index is written to a temporary
file which is then renamed to this. If no filenames are given on the
command line because the -f option has been used, and no -o option is
given, the index will be named Ind.i.
Bibliographic databases are divided into records by blank lines.
Within a record, each fields starts with a % character at the
beginning of a line. Fields have a one letter name which follows the
The values set by the -c, -n, -l and -t options are stored in the
index; when the index is searched, keys will be discarded and
truncated in a manner appropriate to these options; the original keys
will be used for verifying that any record found using the index
actually contains the keys. This means that a user of an index need
not know whether these options were used in the creation of the
index, provided that not all the keys to be searched for would have
been discarded during indexing and that the user supplies at least
the part of each key that would have remained after being truncated
during indexing. The value set by the -i option is also stored in
the index and will be used in verifying records found using the
It is possible to have whitespace between a command line option and
-v Print the version number.
-w Index whole files. Each file is a separate record.
-cfile Read the list of common words from file instead of
-ddir Use dir as the pathname of the current working directory to
store in the index, instead of the path printed by pwd(1).
Usually dir will be a symbolic link that points to the
directory printed by pwd(1).
-ffile Read the files to be indexed from file. If file is -, files
will be read from the standard input. The -f option can be
given at most once.
Don't index the contents of fields whose names are in string.
Initially string is XYZ.
-hn Use the first prime greater than or equal to n for the size of
the hash table. Larger values of n will usually make
searching faster, but will make the index larger and indxbib
use more memory. Initially n is 997.
-kn Use at most n keys per input record. Initially n is 100.
-ln Discard keys that are shorter than n. Initially n is 3.
-nn Discard the n most common words. Initially n is 100.
The index should be named basename.i.
-tn Truncate keys to n. Initially n is 6.
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