NotWiki is a very simple site generator tool, that support a simple subset of markdown in which this document is formatted: NotMarkdown.

It supports publication of the same .md files for both http+html and gopher+gph.

This documentation is maintained in the ./doc/ directory of the git repo, and on every commit, a git-hook regenerates the documentation using NotWiki.

How to use it?

The notwiki-doc(1) tool will search for *.md files in all $srcdir passed as arguments, and each file $path/file.$ext found, gets copied to the matching $dstdir/$path/file.$ext directory.

$ cd /home/me/website-document-root/
$ notwiki-doc html /srv/www/htdocs/wiki ./wiki

Here, /home/me/website-document-root/wiki/introdcution/ would be copied to /srv/www/htdocs/wiki/introduction/index.html.

The original .md documents are copied along with the source, permitting the wiki user to suggest modifications.

The head.$ext (head.html, head.gph) file is added at the top of the converted document.

How to get it?

$ git clone git://
$ cd notwiki
$ make PREFIX=/usr/local MANPREFIX=/usr/local/man install

How does it work?

It does not support editing files directly through the website: it is one shell script calling one awk script on every page, generating a site in one of these formats:

To add a new converter backend, add in $PATH a script called notmarkdown-$ext that reads NotMarkdown from stdin and sends the targetted format to stdout. For instance, a notmarkdown-txt backend that print the document unchanged or a notmarkdown-pdf aiming paper publication.

How to have links for both HTTP and Gopher?

Strip the protocol part (http:, https:, gopher:) from all your own links, and eventually remove the domain name as well.

// and /wiki/ both get mapped to:

So instead of /wiki/, use /wiki/page-name/, and use links to /wiki/page-name/ (with a trailing /, important for markdown-gph(1)).

How to handle HTTP vHosts on Gopher?

No vHosts on Gopher: multiple domains with the same destination point to the same website, unlike the Web where you can redirect them as you wish.

For instance if // and // point to the same server, geomyidae(1) will pick the same /index.gph for both. A solution is to always use prefixes, like // or //

Is NotMarkdown different from Markdown?

NotMarkdown is Markdown without nesting and HTML. This avoids all edge cases.

For instance, there is a good support for escaping and `backtick` quoting. See notmarkdown(5) for full description.