MirBSD manpage: pod2text(1)

POD2TEXT(1)     Perl Programmers Reference Guide      POD2TEXT(1)


     pod2text - Convert POD data to formatted ASCII text


     pod2text [-aclost] [--code] [-i indent] [-q quotes]
     [-w width] [input [output]]

     pod2text -h


     pod2text is a front-end for Pod::Text and its subclasses.
     It uses them to generate formatted ASCII text from POD
     source.  It can optionally use either termcap sequences or
     ANSI color escape sequences to format the text.

     input is the file to read for POD source (the POD can be
     embedded in code).  If input isn't given, it defaults to
     STDIN.  output, if given, is the file to which to write the
     formatted output.  If output isn't given, the formatted out-
     put is written to STDOUT.


     -a, --alt
         Use an alternate output format that, among other things,
         uses a different heading style and marks "=item" entries
         with a colon in the left margin.

         Include any non-POD text from the input file in the out-
         put as well.  Useful for viewing code documented with
         POD blocks with the POD rendered and the code left

     -c, --color
         Format the output with ANSI color escape sequences.
         Using this option requires that Term::ANSIColor be
         installed on your system.

     -i indent, --indent=indent
         Set the number of spaces to indent regular text, and the
         default indentation for "=over" blocks.  Defaults to 4
         spaces if this option isn't given.

     -h, --help
         Print out usage information and exit.

     -l, --loose
         Print a blank line after a "=head1" heading.  Normally,
         no blank line is printed after "=head1", although one is
         still printed after "=head2", because this is the
         expected formatting for manual pages; if you're format-
         ting arbitrary text documents, using this option is

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     -m width, --left-margin=width, --margin=width
         The width of the left margin in spaces.  Defaults to 0.
         This is the margin for all text, including headings, not
         the amount by which regular text is indented; for the
         latter, see -i option.

     -o, --overstrike
         Format the output with overstruck printing.  Bold text
         is rendered as character, backspace, character.  Italics
         and file names are rendered as underscore, backspace,
         character.  Many pagers, such as less, know how to con-
         vert this to bold or underlined text.

     -q quotes, --quotes=quotes
         Sets the quote marks used to surround C<> text to
         quotes.  If quotes is a single character, it is used as
         both the left and right quote; if quotes is two charac-
         ters, the first character is used as the left quote and
         the second as the right quoted; and if quotes is four
         characters, the first two are used as the left quote and
         the second two as the right quote.

         quotes may also be set to the special value "none", in
         which case no quote marks are added around C<> text.

     -s, --sentence
         Assume each sentence ends with two spaces and try to
         preserve that spacing. Without this option, all consecu-
         tive whitespace in non-verbatim paragraphs is compressed
         into a single space.

     -t, --termcap
         Try to determine the width of the screen and the bold
         and underline sequences for the terminal from termcap,
         and use that information in formatting the output.  Out-
         put will be wrapped at two columns less than the width
         of your terminal device.  Using this option requires
         that your system have a termcap file somewhere where
         Term::Cap can find it and requires that your system sup-
         port termios.  With this option, the output of pod2text
         will contain terminal control sequences for your current
         terminal type.

     -w, --width=width, -width
         The column at which to wrap text on the right-hand side.
         Defaults to 76, unless -t is given, in which case it's
         two columns less than the width of your terminal device.


     If pod2text fails with errors, see Pod::Text and Pod::Parser

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     for information about what those errors might mean.  Inter-
     nally, it can also produce the following diagnostics:

     -c (--color) requires Term::ANSIColor be installed
         (F) -c or --color were given, but Term::ANSIColor could
         not be loaded.

     Unknown option: %s
         (F) An unknown command line option was given.

     In addition, other Getopt::Long error messages may result
     from invalid command-line options.


         If -t is given, pod2text will take the current width of
         your screen from this environment variable, if avail-
         able.  It overrides terminal width information in

         If -t is given, pod2text will use the contents of this
         environment variable if available to determine the
         correct formatting sequences for your current terminal


     Pod::Text, Pod::Text::Color, Pod::Text::Overstrike,
     Pod::Text::Termcap, Pod::Parser

     The current version of this script is always available from
     its web site at
     <http://www.eyrie.org/~eagle/software/podlators/>.  It is
     also part of the Perl core distribution as of 5.6.0.


     Russ Allbery <rra@stanford.edu>.


     Copyright 1999, 2000, 2001 by Russ Allbery

     This program is free software; you may redistribute it
     and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.

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