Section: User Commands (1)
Updated: 10 November 2001
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pdftex, pdfinitex, pdfvirtex - PDF output from TeX
This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete
documentation for this version of TeX can be found in the info file
Web2C: A TeX implementation.
pdfTeX is a version of TeX that can create
files as well as
The typical use of pdfTeX is with a pregenerated formats for which
PDF output has been enabled. The
command uses the equivalent of the plain TeX format, and the
command uses the equivalent of the LaTeX format.
commands are pdfTeX's analogues to the
commands. In this installation, they are symlinks to the
pdfTeX's handling of its command-line arguments is similar to that of
pdfTeX is beta software.
This version of pdfTeX understands the following command line options.
Print error messages in the form
which is similar to the way many compilers format them.
- --fmt format
as the name of the format to be used, instead of the name by which
pdfTeX was called or a
Print help message and exit.
for dumping formats; this is implicitly true if the program is called
- --interaction mode
Sets the interaction mode. The mode can be one of
The meaning of these modes is the same as that of the corresponding
Send DVI or PDF output to a socket as well as the usual output file.
Whether this option is available is the choice of the installer.
and starts the server at the other end as well. Whether this option
is available is the choice of the installer.
- --kpathsea-debug bitmask
Sets path searching debugging flags according to the bitmask. See the
manual for details.
- --maketex fmt
must be one of
- --no-maketex fmt
must be one of
- --output-comment string
for the DVI file comment instead of the date.
- --progname name
Pretend to be program
This affects both the format used and the search paths.
Enable the filename recorder. This leaves a trace of the files opened
for input and output in a file with extension
can be any Bourne shell command. This construct is normally
disallowed for security reasons.
- --translate-file tcxname
Print version information and exit.
See the Kpathsearch library documentation (the `Path specifications'
node) for precise details of how the environment variables are used.
utility can be used to query the values of the variables.
One caveat: In most pdfTeX formats, you cannot use ~ in a filename you
give directly to pdfTeX, because ~ is an active character, and hence is
expanded, not taken as part of the filename. Other programs, such as
Metafont, do not have this problem.
Normally, pdfTeX puts its output files in the current directory. If
any output file cannot be opened there, it tries to open it in the
directory specified in the environment variable TEXMFOUTPUT.
There is no default value for that variable. For example, if you say
and the current directory is not writable, if TEXMFOUTPUT has
pdfTeX attempts to create
if any output is produced.)
Search path for
This should probably start with ``.'', so
that user files are found before system files. An empty path
component will be replaced with the paths defined in the
file. For example, set TEXINPUTS to ".:/home/usr/tex:" to prepend the
current direcory and ``/home/user/tex'' to the standard search path.
Search path for font metric
Search path for format files.
search path for
Command template for switching to editor. The default, usually
is set when pdfTeX is compiled.
The location of the files mentioned below varies from system to
system. Use the
utility to find their locations.
Encoded text of pdfTeX's messages.
Filename mapping definitions.
Metric files for pdfTeX's fonts.
Predigested pdfTeX format (.fmt) files.
This version of pdfTeX fails to trap arithmetic overflow when
dimensions are added or subtracted. Cases where this occurs are rare,
but when it does the generated
file will be invalid. Whether a generated
file would be usable is unknown.
pdfTeX is beta software. Subscribe to the pdftex mailing list
if you intend to use it. This is a majordomo list, to subscribe send
a message containing
The primary authors of pdfTeX are Han The Thanh, Petr Sojka, and
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Time: 03:39:56 GMT, August 02, 2002