search bibliographic databases


lkbib -n -i fields -p filename -t n key . . . lkbib --help lkbib -v lkbib --version


lkbib searches bibliographic databases for references that contain the keys key . . . and prints any references found on the standard output. lkbib will search any databases given by -p options, and then a default database. The default database is taken from the REFER environment variable if it is set, otherwise it is /usr/dict/papers/Ind. For each database filename to be searched, if an index filename.i created by indxbib(1) exists, then it will be searched instead; each index can cover multiple databases.


Whitespace is permitted between a command-line option and its argument.

--help Display a usage message and exit.

-istring When searching files for which no index exists, ignore the contents of fields whose names are in string.

-pfilename Search filename. Multiple -p options can be used.

-tn Only require the first n characters of keys to be given. Initially n is 6.

-v --version Display version information and exit.


REFER Default database.


/usr/ dict/ papers/ Ind Default database to be used if the REFER environment variable is not set.

filename.i Index files.


refer(1), lookbib(1), indxbib(1)

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