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LYX(1)								     LyX 1.6.5								    LYX(1)

LyX - A Document Processor SYNOPSIS
lyx [ command-line switches ] [ name[.lyx] ... ] DESCRIPTION
LyX is too complex to be described completely in the "man" page format. If your system is properly configured, you can access the full doc- umentation within LyX under the Help menu. LyX is a document preparation system. It excels at letting you create complex technical and scientific articles with mathematics, cross-references, bibliographies, indices, etc. It is very good at documents of any length in which the usual processing abilities are required: automatic sectioning and pagination, spellchecking, and so forth. It can also be used to write a letter to your mom, though granted, there are probably simpler programs available for that. It is definitely not the best tool for creating banners, flyers, or adver- tisements, though with some effort all these can be done, too. Some examples of what it is used for: memos, letters, dissertations and theses, lecture notes, seminar notebooks, conference proceedings, software documentation, books (on PostgreSQL, remote sensing, cryptology, fictional novels, poetry, and even a children's book or two), articles in refereed scientific journals, scripts for plays and movies, busi- ness proposals... you get the idea. Currently, LyX uses the Qt4 library as a toolkit. LyX should run everywhere, where this library runs. This is on all major Unix platforms as well as Windows and Mac OS X (which actually is a unix platform). OPTIONS
LyX supports the following command-line switches. -help summarizes LyX usage -version provides version information on the build of LyX. -sysdir directory sets system directory. Normally not needed. -userdir directory sets user directory. Needed if you want to use LyX with different lyxrc settings. -geometry WxH+X+Y set geometry of the main window. -dbg feature[,feature...] where feature is a name or number. Use "lyx -dbg" to see the list of available debug features. -x [--execute] command where command is a lyx command. -e [--export] fmt where fmt is the export format of choice. Look on Tools->Preferences->File formats->Format to get an idea which parameters should be passed. -i [--import] fmt where fmt is the import format of choice and is the file to be imported. ENVIRONMENT
LYX_DIR_16x can be used to specify which system directory to use. The system directory is determined by searching for the file "chkconfig.ltx". Directories are searched in this order: 1) -sysdir command line parameter 2) LYX_DIR_16x environment variable 3) Maybe <path of binary>/TOP_SRCDIR/lib 4) <path of binary>/../share/<name of binary>/ 5) hardcoded lyx_dir (at build time: /usr/share/lyx) LYX_USERDIR_16x can be used to specify which user directory to use. The user directory is, in order of precedence: 1) -userdir command line parameter 2) LYX_USERDIR_16x environment variable 3) $HOME/.<name of binary> if no explicit setting is made LYX_LOCALEDIR can be used to tell LyX where to look for the translations of its GUI strings in other languages. FILES
~/.lyx/preferences Personal configuration file ~/.lyx/lyxrc.defaults Personal autodetected configuration file LIBDIR/lyxrc.dist System wide configuration file LIBDIR/ Updates LyX if config has changed LIBDIR/bind/ Keybindings LIBDIR/clipart/ Clipart pictures LIBDIR/doc/ Documentation in LyX format. LIBDIR/examples/ Example documents LIBDIR/images/ Images used as icons or in popups LIBDIR/kbd/ Keyboard mappings LIBDIR/layouts/ Layout descriptions LIBDIR/templates/ Templates for documents LIBDIR/tex/ Extra TeX files LIBDIR is the system directory. This was at build time /usr/share/lyx. SEE ALSO
tex2lyx(1), latex(1). Full documentation in either native LyX or postscript format. BUGS
/LIMITATIONS There are still some bugs in LyX. To report one, read if possible the Introduction found under the Help menu in LyX. You'll find detailed info on submitting bug reports there. If you can't do that, send details to the LyX Developers mailing list, or use the LyX bug tracker at Don't forget to mention which version you are having problems with! LaTeX import is still not perfect and may produce buggy *.lyx files. Consult the tex2lyx documentation. AUTHORS
LyX is Copyright (C) 1995 by Matthias Ettrich, 1995-2009 LyX Team Version 1.6.5 2009-12-05 LYX(1)
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