addbib [-a] [-p promptfile] database
When addbib starts up, answering y to the initial Instructions? prompt yields directions. Typing n (or <RETURN>) skips the directions. addbib then prompts for various bibliographic fields, reads responses from the terminal, and sends output records to 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 database with any system editor (see vi(1), ex(1), ed(1)).
The following options are supported:
-a Suppresses prompting for an abstract. Asking for an abstract is the default. Abstracts are ended with a Control-D.
-p promptfile Uses 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%R Report, paper, or thesis (unpublished)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
Example 1: Editing the bibliography file
Except for A, each field should be given just once. Only relevant fields should be supplied.
%A Mark Twain %T Life on the Mississippi %I Penguin Books %C New York %D 1978
See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:
|ATTRIBUTE TYPE||ATTRIBUTE VALUE|
ed(1), ex(1), indxbib(1), lookbib(1), refer(1), roffbib(1), sortbib(1), vi(1), attributes(5)