aspic(1) a line-art processor


aspic [<options>] [<source file> [<destination file>]]


Aspic is a program that processes a textual description of a line art graphic, and converts it into a form that is suitable for inclusion in another document. The default output format is Encapsulated PostScript, but there is also support for Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG), and there is legacy support for the SGCAL text processor. For a full specification, see the reference manual. This man page contains only a description of the command line interface.

If no source or destination file names are given, Aspic reads from the standard input and writes to the standard output. Alternatively, a single hyphen character may be given as a file name to indicate the standard input or output streams. Error messages are written to the standard error stream.


Give some help information and exit.
Disable the use of Aspic variables (dollar is no longer special).
Output is encapsulated PostScript. This is the default.
Output is Scalar Vector Graphics (SVG), an XML application.
Output is input for the SGCAL text formatter (not generally released).
Translate certain characters (e.g. grave accent becomes opening quote).
Verify the Aspic version number, and exit.


Philip Hazel


Last updated: 01 March 2008
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