man page synopsis syntax reference

Michael P. Soulier msoulier at
Fri Jan 12 19:23:02 UTC 2007


Is there an authoritative reference of what manpage syntax should look like?


foo [optional arg] <required arg> <required multiple>...

I can't seem to find a reference that explains this syntax.

Michael P. Soulier <msoulier at>
"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a
touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction."
--Albert Einstein

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