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|Original author(s)||Joe Ossanna|
|Developer(s)||AT&T Bell Laboratories|
|Initial release||June 12, 1972|
|Operating system||Unix and Unix-like|
nroff (short for "new roff") is a text-formatting program on Unix and Unix-like operating systems. It produces output suitable for simple fixed-width printers and terminal windows. It is an integral part of the Unix help system, being used to format man pages for display.
The Minix operating system, among others, uses a clone of
nroff called cawf by Vic Abell, based on awf, the Amazingly Workable Formatter designed in awk by Henry Spencer. These are not full replacements for the nroff/troff suite of tools, but are sufficient for display and printing of basic documents and manual pages.
- McIlroy, M. D. (1987). A Research Unix reader: annotated excerpts from the Programmer's Manual, 1971–1986 (PDF) (Technical report). CSTR. Bell Labs. 139.
- source code for Henry Spencer's AWF
- troff/nroff quick reference
- nroff source code in Illumos. Explanation by Bryan Cantrill
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