lookbib - find references in a bibliographic database
A bibliographic reference is a set of lines, constituting
fields of bibliographic information. Each field starts on a
line beginning with a `%', followed by a key-letter, then a
blank, and finally the contents of the field, which may con-
tinue until the next line starting with `%'.
The lookbib utility uses an inverted index made by indxbib
to find sets of bibliographic references. It reads keywords
typed after the `>' prompt on the terminal, and retrieves
records containing all these keywords. If nothing matches,
nothing is returned except another `>' prompt.
It is possible to search multiple databases, as long as they
have a common index made by indxbib(1). In that case, only
the first argument given to indxbib is specified to lookbib.
If lookbib does not find the index files (the .i[abc]
files), it looks for a reference file with the same name as
the argument, without the suffixes. It creates a file with
a .ig suffix, suitable for use with fgrep (see grep(1)).
lookbib then uses this fgrep file to find references. This
method is simpler to use, but the .ig file is slower to use
than the .i[abc] files, and does not allow the use of multi-
ple reference files.
x.ic index files
x.ig reference file
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attri-
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
| Availability | SUNWdoc |
addbib(1), grep(1), indxbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sort-
Probably all dates should be indexed, since many disciplines
refer to literature written in the 1800s or earlier.
Man(1) output converted with