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a2x: A toolchain manager for AsciiDoc (converts Asciidoc text files to other file formats)


a2x - A toolchain manager for AsciiDoc (converts Asciidoc text files to other file formats)




A DocBook toolchain manager that translates an AsciiDoc text file SOURCE_FILE to PDF, EPUB, DVI, PS, LaTeX, XHTML (single page or chunked), man page, HTML Help or plain text formats using asciidoc(1) and other applications (see REQUISITES section). SOURCE_FILE can also be a DocBook file with an .xml extension.
-a, --attribute=ATTRIBUTE Set asciidoc(1) attribute value (shortcut for --asciidoc-opts="-a ATTRIBUTE" option). This option may be specified more than once. --asciidoc-opts=ASCIIDOC_OPTS Additional asciidoc(1) options. This option may be specified more than once. --conf-file=CONF_FILE Load configuration file. See CONF FILES section. -D, --destination-dir=PATH Output directory. Defaults to SOURCE_FILE directory. -d, --doctype=DOCTYPE DocBook document type: article, manpage or book. Default document type is article unless the format is manpage (in which case it defaults to manpage). -f, --format=FORMAT Output formats: chunked, docbook, dvi, epub, htmlhelp, manpage, pdf (default), ps, tex, text, xhtml. -h, --help Print command-line syntax and program options to stdout. --icons Use admonition or navigation icon images in output documents. The default behavior is to use text in place of icons. --icons-dir=PATH A path (relative to output files) containing admonition and navigation icons. Defaults to images/icons. The --icons option is implicit if this option is used. -k, --keep-artifacts Do not delete temporary build files. --lynx Use lynx(1) to generate text formatted output. The default behavior is to use w3m(1). -L, --no-xmllint Do not check asciidoc output with xmllint(1). ---epubcheck Check EPUB output with epubcheck(1). -n, --dry-run Do not do anything just print what would have been done. -r, --resource=PATH If PATH refers to a directory recursively search it for required resource files. If PATH refers to a file add it to the list of required resource files. This option may be specified more than once. -m, --resource-manifest=FILE FILE contains a list resources (one per line). Manifest FILE entries are treated just like --resource option arguments. --stylesheet=STYLESHEET The file name of the docbook-xsl CSS stylesheet file. Defaults to docbook-xsl.css. The stylesheet must reside in a valid resource file location. Applies to HTML formats: xhtml, epub, chunked, htmlhelp formats. -v, --verbose Print operational details to stderr. A second -v option applies the verbose option to toolchain commands. --version Print program version to stdout. --xsltproc-opts=XSLTPROC_OPTS Additional xsltproc(1) options. This option may be specified more than once. --xsl-file=XSL_FILE Override the built-in XSL stylesheet with the custom XSL stylesheet XSL_FILE. --fop Use FOP to generate PDFs. The default behavior is to use dblatex(1). The --fop option is implicit if this option is used. --fop-opts=FOP_OPTS Additional fop(1) options. If this option is specified FOP is used to generate PDFs. This option may be specified more than once. --dblatex-opts=DBLATEX_OPTS Additional dblatex(1) options. This option may be specified more than once. Options can also be set in the AsciiDoc source file. If SOURCE_FILE contains a comment line beginning with // a2x: then the remainder of the line will be treated as a2x command-line options. Options spanning multiple such comment lines will be concatenated. Zero or more white space characters can appear between the leading // and a2x:. Command-line options take precedence over options set in the source file. Example usage: // a2x default options. // a2x: -dbook --epubcheck // Suppress revision history in dblatex outputs. // a2x: --dblatex-opts "-P latex.output.revhistory=0"
Output files are written to the directory specified by the --destination-dir option. If no --destination-dir option is set output files are written to the SOURCE_FILE directory. Output files have the same name as the SOURCE_FILE but with an appropriate file name extension: .html for xhtml; .epub for epub; .hhp for htmlhelp; .pdf for pdf; .text for text, .xml for docbook. By convention manpages have no .man extension (man page section number only). Chunked HTML directory names have a .chunked extension; chunked HTML Help directory names have a .htmlhelp extension. Same named existing files are overwritten. In addition to generating HTML files the xhtml, epub, chunked and htmlhelp formats ensure resource files are copied to their correct destination directory locations.


Resources are files (typically CSS and images) that are required by HTML based outputs (xhtml, epub, chunked, htmlhelp formats). a2x scans the generated HTML files and builds a list of required CSS and image file. Additional resource files can be specified explicitly using the --resource option. a2x searches for resources in the following locations in the following order: 1. The SOURCE_FILE directory. 2. Directories specified by --resource and --resource-manifest options (recursively). 3. The asciidoc(1) images and stylesheets configuration file directories (recursively). 4. The destination directory. When a resource is found it is copied to the correct relative destination directory. Missing destination sub-directories are created automatically.


a2x -f pdf doc/source-highlight-filter.txt Generates doc/source-highlight-filter.pdf file. a2x -f xhtml -D ../doc --icons -r ../images team.txt Creates HTML file ../doc/team.html, uses admonition icons and searches ../images for any missing resources. a2x -f manpage doc/asciidoc.1.txt Generate doc/asciidoc.1 manpage.


a2x uses the following programs: o Asciidoc: //www.methods.co.nz/asciidoc/ o xsltproc: (all formats except text): //xmlsoft.org/XSLT/ o DocBook XSL Stylesheets (all formats except text): //docbook.sourceforge.net/projects/xsl/ o dblatex (pdf, dvi, ps, tex formats): //dblatex.sourceforge.net/ o FOP (pdf format -- alternative PDF file generator): //xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/ o w3m (text format): //w3m.sourceforge.net/index.en.html o Lynx (text format -- alternative text file generator): //lynx.isc.org/ o epubcheck (epub format -- EPUB file validator): //code.google.com/p/epubcheck/ See also the latest README file.


A configuration file contains executable Python code that overrides the global configuration parameters in a2x.py. Optional configuration files are loaded in the following order: 1. a2x.conf from the directory containing the a2x.py executable. 2. a2x.conf from the AsciiDoc global configuration directory. Skip this step if we are executing a locally installed (non system wide) copy. 3. a2x.conf from the AsciiDoc $HOME/.asciidoc configuration directory. 4. The CONF_FILE specified in the --conf-file option. Here are the default configuration file option values: # Optional environment variable dictionary passed to # executing programs. If set to None the existing # environment is used. ENV = None # External executables. ASCIIDOC = 'asciidoc' XSLTPROC = 'xsltproc' DBLATEX = 'dblatex' # pdf generation. FOP = 'fop' # pdf generation (--fop option). W3M = 'w3m' # text generation. LYNX = 'lynx' # text generation (if no w3m). XMLLINT = 'xmllint' # Set to '' to disable. EPUBCHECK = 'epubcheck' # Set to '' to disable. # External executable default options. ASCIIDOC_OPTS = '' DBLATEX_OPTS = '' FOP_OPTS = '' XSLTPROC_OPTS = ''
See the AsciiDoc distribution BUGS file.
a2x was originally written by Stuart Rackham. Many people have contributed to it.


SourceForge: //sourceforge.net/projects/asciidoc/ Main web site: //www.methods.co.nz/asciidoc/


Copyright (C) 2002-2010 Stuart Rackham. Free use of this software is granted under the terms of the MIT license. 04/30/2011 A2X(1)

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