viewing Docbook files?

Sam Varshavchik mrsam at
Wed Jan 12 03:46:05 UTC 2005

Eric Smith writes:

> I wrote:
>> I see that the docbook-utils package includes docbook2ps.  Sounds
> promising.
>> I read the man page on docbook2ps, and it indicates that there should also
>> be a docbook2pdf, but that doesn't appear to actually be in the package.
> [...]
>> Next I try "docbook2ps usb.tmpl", thinking that I will be able to run the
>> Postscript output through ps2pdf.
> Sam Varshavchik wrote:
>> Use docbook2ps, then ps2pdf.
> As you will observe if you actually read my message, I *did* try that.
> docbook2ps is not actually producing any Postscript output for me, but
> rather a .tex file.

Well, for me it produces a suitable .ps file.  Following a succesful ps2pdf 
run everything looks quite nicely in xpdf.

> If docbook2ps was doing the right thing, I'd be able to view the formatted
> file.  Though I still suspect there must be some easier approach.

Can't really get any easier than this:

[mrsam at commodore doc]$ grep DOCTYPE makealiases.sgml
<!DOCTYPE refentry PUBLIC "-//OASIS//DTD DocBook V3.1//EN">
[mrsam at commodore doc]$ docbook2ps makealiases.sgml
Using catalogs: /etc/sgml/
Using stylesheet: 
Working on: /home/mrsam/src/courier/courier/doc/makealiases.sgml
[mrsam at commodore doc]$ ps2pdf makealiases.pdf
[mrsam at commodore doc]$ xpdf makealiases.pdf &

I could, of course, try a DocBook V4.0 DOCTYPE, if you insist, but I don't 
expect to see any different results.

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