gendocs.sh eases the task of generating the
Texinfo documentation output for your web pages
section above. It has a companion template file, used as the basis
for the HTML index pages. Both are available from the Gnulib
There is also a minimalistic template, available from:
Invoke the script like this, in the directory containing the Texinfo source:
gendocs.sh --email yourbuglist yourmanual "GNU yourmanual manual"
where yourmanual is the short name for your package
and yourbuglist is the email address for bug reports (which
email@example.com). The script processes
the file yourmanual.texinfo (or .texi or
.txi). For example:
cd .../texinfo/doc # download gendocs.sh and gendocs_template gendocs.sh --email firstname.lastname@example.org texinfo "GNU Texinfo manual"
gendocs.sh creates a subdirectory manual/ containing
the manual generated in all the standard output formats: Info, HTML,
DVI, and so on, as well as the Texinfo source. You then need to move
all those files, retaining the subdirectories, into the web pages for
You can specify the option -o outdir to override the name manual. Any previous contents of outdir will be deleted.
The second argument, with the description, is included as part of the
<title> of the overall manual/index.html file. It
should include the name of the package being documented, as shown.
manual/index.html is created by substitution from the file
gendocs_template. (Feel free to modify the generic template
for your own purposes.)
If you have several manuals, you’ll need to run this script several times with different arguments, specifying a different output directory with -o each time, and moving all the output to your web page. Then write (by hand) an overall index.html with links to them all. For example:
cd .../texinfo/doc gendocs.sh --email email@example.com -o texinfo texinfo "GNU Texinfo manual" gendocs.sh --email firstname.lastname@example.org -o info info "GNU Info manual" gendocs.sh --email email@example.com -o info-stnd info-stnd "GNU info-stnd manual"
By default, the script uses
makeinfo for generating HTML
output. If you prefer to use
texi2html, use the
--texi2html command line option, e.g.:
gendocs --texi2html -o texinfo texinfo "GNU Texinfo manual"
The template files will automatically produce entries for additional
HTML output generated by
texi2html (i.e., split by sections
You can set the environment variables
etc., to control the programs that get executed, and
GENDOCS_TEMPLATE_DIR to control where the
gendocs_template file is found.
As usual, run ‘gendocs.sh --help’ for a description of all the options, environment variables, and more information.
Please email bug reports, enhancement requests, or other
gendocs to firstname.lastname@example.org.