This section documents parts of
gtroff that cannot (yet) be
categorized elsewhere in this manual.
Print line numbers. start is the line number of the next output line. inc indicates which line numbers are printed. For example, the value 5 means to emit only line numbers that are multiples of 5; this defaults to 1. space is the space to be left between the number and the text; this defaults to one digit space. The fourth argument is the indentation of the line numbers, defaulting to zero. Both space and indent are given as multiples of digit spaces; they can be negative also. Without any arguments, line numbers are turned off.
gtroff reserves three digit spaces for the line number (which is
printed right-justified) plus the amount given by indent; the
output lines are concatenated to the line numbers, separated by
space, and without reducing the line length. Depending on
the value of the horizontal page offset (as set with the
request), line numbers that are longer than the reserved space stick
out to the left, or the whole line is moved to the right.
Parameters corresponding to missing arguments are not changed; any non-digit argument (to be more precise, any argument starting with a character valid as a delimiter for identifiers) is also treated as missing.
If line numbering has been disabled with a call to
nm without an
argument, it can be reactivated with ‘.nm +0’, using the previously
active line numbering parameters.
The parameters of
nm are associated with the current environment
(see Environments). The current output line number is available in
the number register
.po 1m .ll 2i This test shows how line numbering works with groff. .nm 999 This test shows how line numbering works with groff. .br .nm xxx 3 2 .ll -\w'0'u This test shows how line numbering works with groff. .nn 2 This test shows how line numbering works with groff.
And here the result:
This test shows how line numbering works 999 with groff. This 1000 test shows how line 1001 numbering works with 1002 groff. This test shows how line numbering works with groff. This test shows how 1005 line numbering works with groff.
Temporarily turn off line numbering. The argument is the number of lines not to be numbered; this defaults to 1.
Print a margin character to the right of the text.25 The first argument is the glyph to be printed. The second argument is the distance away from the right margin. If missing, the previously set value is used; default is 10pt). For text lines that are too long (that is, longer than the text length plus dist), the margin character is directly appended to the lines.
With no arguments the margin character is turned off. If this occurs before a break, no margin character is printed.
For compatibility with AT&T
troff, a call to
to set the margin character can’t be undone immediately; at least one
line gets a margin character. Thus
.ll 1i .mc \[br] .mc xxx .br xxx
xxx | xxx
For empty lines and lines produced by the
tl request no margin
character is emitted.
The margin character is associated with the current environment (see Environments).
This is quite useful for indicating text that has changed, and, in fact,
there are programs available for doing this (they are called
changebar and can be found in any
.ll 3i .mc | This paragraph is highlighted with a margin character. .sp Note that vertical space isn't marked. .br \& .br But we can fake it with `\&'.
This paragraph is highlighted | with a margin character. | Note that vertical space isn't | marked. | | But we can fake it with `\&'. |
Retrieve the bounding box of the POSTSCRIPT image found in
filename. The file must conform to Adobe’s Document
Structuring Conventions (DSC); the command searches for a
%%BoundingBox comment and extracts the bounding box values into
the number registers
If an error occurs (for example,
psbb cannot find the
%%BoundingBox comment), it sets the four number registers to
The search path for filename can be controlled with the -I command line option.