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mdassembler - Compile documentation for use in monodoc browser


mdassembler OPTIONS* DIRS+


mdassembler has been obsoleted by mdoc(1). See the mdoc-assemble(1) man page.

mdassembler is a program that creates .tree and .zip files for use in the monodoc
documentation browser.

The .tree and .zip files are copied into monodoc's sources directory, and reside with a
.source file which is used by monodoc to specify where the documentation should be
displayed. The .source file's /monodoc/source/@basefile attribute specifies the filename
prefix for the documentation files. This must be the same prefix as used with the --out


--ecma The documentation found within DIRS is in the Mono ECMA documentation format. See
the Mono ECMA Documentation Format section below.

The documentation found within DIRS is in the ECMA Specification documentation
format. See the Mono ECMA Specification Documentation Format section below.

The documentation found within DIRS is in "error" format. See the Error
Documentation Format section below.

--help Show program argument information.

--man The documentation found within DIRS is in man page format. See the Man Page
Documentation Format section below.

-o, --out PREFIX
Specify the output file prefix. mdassembler creates the files PREFIX.zip and
PREFIX.tree .

The documentation found within DIRS is in "simple" format. See the Simple
Documentation Format section below.

--xhtml, --hb
The documentation found within DIRS is in XHTML format. See the XHTML
Documentation Format section below.


The following documentation formats are supported:

Mono ECMA Documentation Format
An XML documentation format with one file per type.

See the mdoc(5) man page for more information.

Mono ECMA Specification Documentation Format
This is not the format you're looking for.

This is the format used to represent the ECMA-334 (C#) standard within monodoc. It is not
used to display class library documentation; for class library documentation, use the
--ecma format.

Error Documentation Format
Used to present detailed error messages, and is used in monodoc's "C# Compiler Error
Reference" tree. DIRS is not a directory, but is instead a configuration file, containing
the XML:


/ErrorProviderConfig/FilesPath specifies where to look for files,
/ErrorProviderConfig/Match specifies the filename pattern to look for within
/ErrorProviderConfig/FilesPath, /ErrorProviderConfig/ErrorNumSubstringStart and
/ErrorProviderConfig/ErrorNumSubstringLength control which portion of the filename is used
as the error number, and /ErrorProviderConfig/FriendlyFormatString controls how the
formatting/display of the node in the monodoc tree.

For each file found, it is converted to HTML with C# syntax coloring applied.

Simple Documentation Format
Converts text files into HTML by translating each newline into an HTML <br> element.

Man Page Documentation Format
Converts man pages into HTML for display.

XHTML Documentation Format
Copies the XHTML file as-is.


To install your documenation for use with monodoc:

Create a PREFIX.source file
with the contents:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<source provider="FORMAT" basefile="PREFIX" path="PATH"/>

where FORMAT is the documentation format contained within the PREFIX.tree file,
e.g. ecma, or simple. PREFIX is the basename of the .tree and .zip files that
mdassembler creates. PATH is the "path" in the monodoc tree that should contain
the documentation. See the @prefix@/lib/monodoc/monodoc.xml file for a list of
PATH values (the //node/@name values).

See also: http://www.mono-

Create your documentation
See also the monodocer(1) man page, e.g.

monodocer -assembly:foo.dll -path:foo/en

Assemble the documentation

mdassembler --ecma foo/en PREFIX

Make sure that you use the same PREFIX here as you did above.

Install the documentation by using the command

cp PREFIX.source PREFIX.tree PREFIX.zip \
`pkg-config monodoc --variable=sourcesdir`

(Note the backticks used in the pkg-config command!) This copies the .source ,
.tree , and .zip files into the monodoc sources directory, which will allow monodoc
to display the documentation.

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