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ADDBIB(1) FreeBSD General Commands Manual ADDBIB(1)

create or extend bibliographic database

addbib [-p promptfile] [-a] database

When this program starts up, answering ‘y’ to the initial “Instructions?” prompt yields directions; typing ‘n’ or RETURN skips them. addbib then prompts for various bibliographic fields, reads responses from the terminal, and sends output records to a database. A null response ⟨just RETURN⟩ means to leave out that field. A minus sign ⟨-⟩ means to go back to the previous field. A trailing backslash allows a field to be continued on the next line. The repeating “Continue?” prompt allows the user either to resume by typing ‘y’ or RETURN, to quit the current session by typing ‘n’ or ‘q’, or to edit the database with any system editor ⟨vi, ex, edit, ed⟩,

The -a option suppresses prompting for an abstract; asking for an abstract is the default. Abstracts are ended with a CTRL-d. The -p option causes addbib to use a new prompting skeleton, defined in promptfile. This file should contain prompt strings, a tab, and the key-letters to be written to the database.

The most common key-letters and their meanings are given below. addbib insulates you from these key-letters, since it gives you prompts in English, but if you edit the bibliography file later on, you will need to know this information.

%A Author's name
%B Book containing article referenced
%C City (place of publication)
%D Date of publication
%E Editor of book containing article referenced
%F Footnote number or label (supplied by refer)
%G Government order number
%H Header commentary, printed before reference
%I Issuer (publisher)
%J Journal containing article
%K Keywords to use in locating reference
%L Label field used by -k option of refer
%M Bell Labs Memorandum (undefined)
%N Number within volume
%O Other commentary, printed at end of reference
%P Page number(s)
%Q Corporate or Foreign Author (unreversed)
%R Report, paper, or thesis (unpublished)
%S Series title
%T Title of article or book
%V Volume number
%X Abstract — used by roffbib, not by refer
%Y,Z ignored by refer

Except for ‘A’, each field should be given just once. Only relevant fields should be supplied. An example is:

%A Bill Tuthill
%T Refer — A Bibliography System
%I Computing Services
%C Berkeley
%D 1982

optional file to define prompting

indxbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1)

Written by Al Stangenberger & Bill Tuthill.
December 12, 2005 FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE

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