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anymeal − recipe database application


anymeal [Qt-options] [KDE-options] [options] [input file]


anymeal is a Linux recipe database software developed using MySQL and XML. It can manage a cookbook with more than 100,000 recipes, thereby allowing to search, display, edit, import, and export them. anymeal is designed to be lean and flexible.

recipe database application

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−v, −−version

Show version information


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−i, −−input <file>

Input file name (default: standard input).

−o, −−output <file>

Output file name (default: standard output).

−x, −−mm2xml

Select Mealmaster to anyMeal−XML compiler

−e, −−mm2xmlerr <file>

Specify name of file for appending erroneous Mealmaster recipes.

−z, −−xsu

Select XML−SQL−utility as compiler.

−s, −−server <name>

Server hosting database. [localhost]

−d, −−database <name>

Name of MySQL database.

−u, −−user <name>

User account for accessing database. [$USER]

−p, −−password <password> Password of database user. []

−q, −−sqlin

Select XSL script for converting XML−queries to SQL

−r, −−sqlout

Select XSL script for converting raw XML to anyMeal−XML

−b, −−docbook

Select XSL script for converting anyMeal−XML to Docbook

−l, −−recipeml

Select XSL script for converting anyMeal−XML to RecipeML

−t, −−html

Select XSL script for converting Docbook to HTML

−f, −−fo

Select XSL script for converting Docbook to Formatted Objects XML

−m, −−xml2mm

Select XML to Mealmaster compiler

−y, −−rm2xml

Select RecipeML to anyMeal−XML compiler

input file

Input file name (default: standard input).


To launch the graphical user interface simply start anymeal without any command-line options:


To convert the recipes in the Mealmaster file test.mmf to HTML and view them with lynx:

anymeal −x test.mmf | anymeal −b | anymeal −t | lynx −stdin


anymeal was developed by Jan Wedekind <jan AT wedesoft DOT de>.

This manual page was written by Sandro Tosi <matrixhasu AT gmail DOT com>, for the Debian project (but may be used by others).


I’m sorry if this man-page didn’t help you and I hope you didn’t get frustrated. Please file a support-request or bug-report (as appropriate) on the tracker’s-page:


Copyright (C) 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 Jan Wedekind. This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.


You can find further information on the anymeal-website:

The full documentation for anymeal is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and anymeal programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info anymeal

should give you access to the complete manual.