lookbib - find references in a bibliographic database


     lookbib 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-
     bib(1), attributes(5)


     Probably all dates should be indexed, since many disciplines
     refer to literature written in the 1800s or earlier.

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