fpdoc(1)           Free Pascal unit documentation generator           fpdoc(1)

       fpdoc - The FPC Pascal unit documentation generator.

       fpdoc --input=inputcommand [--output=output] [--format=fmt]
       [--descr=descriptionfile] [--package=packagename] [options]

       fpdoc scans a Free Pascal unit source file and generates documentation
       for it.  The documentation can be in various formats (currently HTML
       and LaTeX) It can read various description files which contain the
       description for the various symbols found in the unit file.

       You can invoke fpdoc with as the only required argument the 'input' and
       'package' arguments.  It should at least contain the name of the unit
       file for which documentation should be generated and the name of the
       package to which the unit belongs.

       fpdoc has several options, most of them optional, defaults will be used
       in most cases.

              This option tells fpdoc to generate a content file. A content
              file contains a list of all the possible anchors (labels) in the
              generated documentation file, and can be used to create cross-
              links in documentation for different units, using the --import

              This option tells fpdoc for which CPU to generate documentation.
              This simply defines the appropriate CPU macros.

              This option specifies the name of a description file descfile
              that contains the actual documentation for the unit.  This
              option can be given several times, for several description

              This option specifies the name of a directory with XML
              description files, named dir This option can be given several
              times, for several description directories.  This option is
              equivalent to specifying all files in the directory with the
              --descr option.

              This option tells fpdoc not to trim whitespace in the XML files.
              By default, whitespace is trimmed from the input, which can have
              undesirable side-effects in for instance PRE tags.

              This option tells fpdoc not to generate any output, but just
              parse all input. This can be used with the verbose option to
              check what errors remain in the documentation, or what is still

              Specifies the format fmt in which the documentation will be
              generated. Currenly, the following formats are known:

              chm    CHM with 8.3 conforming filenames, for windows mostly.

              dxml   Delphi compatible XML output.

              htm    HTML with 8.3 conforming filenames.

              html   HTML with long filenames.

              ipf    IPF output (OS/2 format, can be used with docview from

              xhtml  XHTML with long filesnames.

              latex  LaTex, which uses the fpc.sty style used by the Free
                     Pascal documentation.

              man    man page output (unix manual pages, one page per

              rtf    RTF output.

              txt    Plain text output.

                     Structured XML.

       --help Show a command-line option summary.

              By default, the documentation will include descriptions and
              listings of protected fields and methods in classes or objects.
              This option changes this behaviour; if it is specified, no
              documentation will be generated for these methods. Note that
              public methods or properties that refer to these protected
              method will then have a dangling (i.e. unavailable) link.

              Adds an entry for an HTML search page at location link in the
              headers of the generated HTML pages. There is no search page
              provided, this should be made and provided by the user.

              imports a content file impfile from another documentation set.
              This can be used to resolve references to elements within this
              other documentation file;

              This option tells fpdoc what input file should be used. The
              argument cmd can be just a filename, but can also be a complete
              compiler command-line with options that concern the scanning of
              the pascal source: defines, include files, syntax options, as
              they would be specified to the free pascal compiler when
              compiling the file. If a complete command is used, then it
              should be enclosed in single or double quotes, so the shell will
              not break them in parts.  It is possible to specify multiple
              input commands; they will be treated one by one, and
              documentation will be generated for each of them.

              This option tells fpdoc to add all .pas and .pp files in the
              directory named cmd as input files to the documenter. This is
              equivalend to specifying all files in the directory with the
              --input command.

              Sets the language for the output file. This will mainly set the
              strings used for the headers in various parts of the
              documentation files (by default they're in english). Currently,
              valid options are

              de     German.

              fr     French.

              nl     Dutch.

              Sets the extension to use for the LaTeX file to ext the default
              is .tex (with . (dot) included).

              Switches on an internal latex syntax highlighter. This is not
              yet implemented. By default, syntax highlighting is provided by
              the syntax package that comes with fpc.

              This option tells fpdoc where to look for the translation files
              that can be used to internationalize  fpdoc's output.

              This option tells fpdoc for which operating system to generate
              documentation. This simply defines the appropriate operating
              system macros.

              This option tells fpdoc where the output file should be
              generated. How this option is interpreted depends on the format
              that is used. For latex, name is interpreted as the filename for
              the tex file. For all other formats, name is interpreted as the
              directory where all documentation files will be written. The
              directory will be created if it does not yet exist. Standard
              this equals the package name.

              Specifies the package name. All units will be documented as part
              of packagename , which is also the default output filename or
              directory. Only documentation nodes inside a package node with
              this name will be considered when documenting.

              (Experimental) try to parse the implementation of a unit too,
              this can be used for syntax checking.

              This option tells fpdoc to read all options from a project file.
              This is an XML file, please see the documentation for more
              information about the format for this file.

              By default, no documentation is generated for private methods or
              fields.  This option causes fpdoc to generate documentation for
              these methods as well.

              By default, fpdoc is sparse with output. This tells fpdoc to
              generate some more information about what it is doing.

              If this option is specified, fpdoc will emit a warning if it
              does not find a description node for an identifier it is

              If this option is specified, fpdoc will write a fpdoc project
              file (to the specified file name) that corresponds to the
              command-line options given.

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