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This file is part of CWEB version x3.04, and explains briefly what CWEB is,
and how to set it up, and what the various files are for. Here is a listing
of the other files constituting the release with a brief indication of their

common.w	% CWEB source for routines common to CTANGLE and CWEAVE
ctangle.w	% CWEB source for CTANGLE
cweave.w	% CWEB source for bulk of CWEAVE
parser.w	% CWEB source for parser of CWEAVE
rules.w		% CWEB source for grammar rules of CWEAVE
common.inc	% CWEB source included by common.w, ctangle.w, and cweave.w
intro.inc	% CWEB source included by ctangle.w and cweave.w

common.c	% C file produced (by CTANGLE) from common.w; for bootstrap
common.h	% C file produced (by CTANGLE) from common.w; for bootstrap
ctangle.c	% C file produced (by CTANGLE) from ctangle.w; for bootstrap

cwebxmac.tex	% TeX macro file needed to process files produced by CWEAVE
cwebcmac.tex	% TeX macro file needed in addition for compatibility mode

cwebhmac.tex	% optional TeX macro file creating hyperlinks for xhdvi (e.g.)

manual.tex	% master file for the CWEB manual
compare.tex	% file \input by manual.tex (present to facilitate bootstrap)

Makefile	% control file for UNIX make facility to build CWEB

man1		% directory with UNIX manpage
man1/cweb.1		% UNIX manpage for CTANGLE and CWEAVE

examples	% directory with sample CWEB programs
examples/compare.w	% Compare files; source for compare.tex above
examples/treeprint.w	% Convert sorted file listings to a tree diagram
examples/wc.w		% Count characters, words and lines in text files
examples/wmerge.w	% Perform preprocessing of change files as filter

cweb.el		% EMACS file that might facilitate editing CWEB files

The CWEB system allows you to write C programs and their documentation at
the same time, in a way that optimises human readability. This version
fully supports ANSI/ISO C, and indeed requires such a compiler for its own
compilation. Like other WEB systems, CWEB allows you to decompose your
programs into small, logically related portions, to add any desired amount
of documentation to each of them, and to present them in any order that help
understanding. As TeX is used to obtain the printed source document, a high
typographic quality can be obtained while allowing for formatting of
complicated formulae and tables; formatting of C program fragments is simple
however, since it is done fully automatically. When used properly, CWEB can
be used to produce documents that combine the qualities of a scientific
publication about algorithms and of a well documented source listing for an
implementation of those algorithms.

The CWEB system consists of two programs, CTANGLE and CWEAVE, that are to be
used in combination with a C compiler and TeX; both transform text files,
while they share the same input language. CWEB source files, that typically
have suffix `.w', can be converted by CTANGLE to C files (suffix `.c') that
can be compiled, and alternatively can be converted by CWEAVE to TeX files
(suffix `.tex') from which the typeset source listing can be produced by
TeX. More details can be found in the manual, which you obtain by running
TeX on the file manual.tex. Here the main interest is that since CWEB is
written using CWEB you need a bootstrap procedure to get things going. For
this purpose the derived files common.c, common.h and ctangle.c are supplied.
If you have the UNIX make facility, all you have to do is check that these
files are newer than the sources common.w and ctangle.w (they should be when
the archive is unpacked, but you can use "touch" to make them newer in case
this should be necessary), and that the Makefile macro CC refers to an ANSI
compiler (it is set to "cc"; you may need to select "gcc" instead or to
supply additional flags in CFLAGS) and then invoke "make all". Otherwise
here is the required sequence of commands.

$ cc -c ctangle.c			# compile main part of CTANGLE
$ cc -c common.c			# compile common code
$ cc -o ctangle ctangle.o common.o 	# link CTANGLE together
$ ./ctangle cweave 			# create cweave.c from cweave.w
$ cc -DDEBUG -DSTAT -g -c cweave.c	# compile main part of CWEAVE
$ cc -DDEBUG -DSTAT -g -o cweave cweave.o common.o # link CWEAVE together
$ tex manual.tex			# typeset the manual

$ # the rest is only needed to obtain source listings for the CWEB system
$ ./cweave common			# produce common.tex
$ tex common				# typeset listing of common code
$ ./cweave ctangle			# produce ctangle.tex
$ tex ctangle				# typeset listing of CTANGLE
$ ./cweave cweave			# produce cweave.tex
$ tex cweave				# typeset listing of CWEAVE

By the time you have done all this successfully, you have already tested
CTANGLE and CWEAVE on a substantial amount of input, and you may be
confident that the system is working properly.

Should you on the other hand encounter problems during bootstrapping, then
things are of course less pleasant, especially because you cannot print the
source listings yet. Few problems are expected though, since there are no
known system dependencies, and identical source code compiles on several
dissimilar systems, one of which is quite non-UNIX. It is expected though that
the compiler can handle large arrays (certainly larger than 64 Kb) and
programs that used command line arguments; if your compiler does not, you will
either have to replace it by a better one or do some tailoring of the
programs. If you encounter any other difficulties, please report them to me at
<maavl@zenon.univ-poitiers.fr>. If you do need to make changes to common.c,
common.h, or ctangle.c, don't forget to write them down, since they will have
to be applied at the proper places in common.w, ctangle.w, or common.inc in
order to persist after bootstrapping. Such patches are best incorporated into
a change file (e.g., ctangle.ch) as explained in the manual.

Marc van Leeuwen
Universit\'e de Poitiers

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cwebx – A system for Structured Software Documentation in C

The CWEBx system is a system for Structured Software Documentation (also known as Literate Programming) in the programming language C. It is a derivative of the CWEB system by Sylvio Levy and Donald E. Knuth, who originally conceived the idea of Literate Programming; CWEBx is a compatible extension of CWEB.

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