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PDFTEX(1)							    Web2C 2012								 PDFTEX(1)

pdftex, pdfinitex, pdfvirtex - PDF output from TeX SYNOPSIS
pdftex [options] [&format] [file|commands] DESCRIPTION
Run the pdfTeX typesetter on file, usually creating file.pdf. If the file argument has no extension, ".tex" will be appended to it. Instead of a filename, a set of pdfTeX commands can be given, the first of which must start with a backslash. With a &format argument pdf- TeX uses a different set of precompiled commands, contained in format.fmt; it is usually better to use the -fmt format option instead. pdfTeX is a version of TeX, with the e-TeX extensions, that can create PDF files as well as DVI files. In DVI mode, pdfTeX can be used as a complete replacement for the TeX engine. The typical use of pdfTeX is with a pregenerated formats for which PDF output has been enabled. The pdftex command uses the equivalent of the plain TeX format, and the pdflatex command uses the equivalent of the LaTeX format. To generate formats, use the -ini switch. The pdfinitex and pdfvirtex commands are pdfTeX's analogues to the initex and virtex commands. In this installation, if the links exist, they are symbolic links to the pdftex executable. In PDF mode, pdfTeX can natively handle the PDF, JPG, JBIG2, and PNG graphics formats. pdfTeX cannot include PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) graphics files; first convert them to PDF using epstopdf(1). pdfTeX's handling of its command-line arguments is similar to that of of the other TeX programs in the web2c implementation. OPTIONS
This version of pdfTeX understands the following command line options. -draftmode Sets pdfdraftmode so pdfTeX doesn't write a PDF and doesn't read any included images, thus speeding up execution. -enc Enable the encTeX extensions. This option is only effective in combination with -ini. For documentation of the encTeX extensions see -etex Enable the e-TeX extensions. This option is only effective in combination with -ini. See etex(1). -file-line-error Print error messages in the form file:line:error which is similar to the way many compilers format them. -no-file-line-error Disable printing error messages in the file:line:error style. -file-line-error-style This is the old name of the -file-line-error option. -fmt format Use format as the name of the format to be used, instead of the name by which pdfTeX was called or a %& line. -halt-on-error Exit with an error code when an error is encountered during processing. -help Print help message and exit. -ini Start in INI mode, which is used to dump formats. The INI mode can be used for typesetting, but no format is preloaded, and basic initializations like setting catcodes may be required. -interaction mode Sets the interaction mode. The mode can be either batchmode, nonstopmode, scrollmode, and errorstopmode. The meaning of these modes is the same as that of the corresponding commands. -ipc 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 install- er. -ipc-start As -ipc, and starts the server at the other end as well. Whether this option is available is the choice of the installer. -jobname name Use name for the job name, instead of deriving it from the name of the input file. -kpathsea-debug bitmask Sets path searching debugging flags according to the bitmask. See the Kpathsea manual for details. -mktex fmt Enable mktexfmt, where fmt must be either tex or tfm. -mltex Enable MLTeX extensions. Only effective in combination with -ini. -no-mktex fmt Disable mktexfmt, where fmt must be either tex or tfm. -output-comment string In DVI mode, use string for the DVI file comment instead of the date. This option is ignored in PDF mode. -output-directory directory Write output files in directory instead of the current directory. Look up input files in directory first, the along the normal search path. -output-format format Set the output format mode, where format must be either pdf or dvi. This also influences the set of graphics formats understood by pdfTeX. -parse-first-line If the first line of the main input file begins with %& parse it to look for a dump name or a -translate-file option. -no-parse-first-line Disable parsing of the first line of the main input file. -progname name Pretend to be program name. This affects both the format used and the search paths. -recorder Enable the filename recorder. This leaves a trace of the files opened for input and output in a file with extension .fls. -shell-escape Enable the write18{command} construct. The command can be any shell command. This construct is normally disallowed for security reasons. -no-shell-escape Disable the write18{command} construct, even if it is enabled in the texmf.cnf file. -src-specials In DVI mode, insert source specials into the DVI file. This option is ignored in PDF mode. -src-specials where In DVI mode, insert source specials in certain placed of the DVI file. where is a comma-separated value list: cr, display, hbox, math, par, parent, or vbox. This option is ignored in PDF mode. -translate-file tcxname Use the tcxname translation table to set the mapping of input characters and re-mapping of output characters. -default-translate-file tcxname Like -translate-file except that a %& line can overrule this setting. -version Print version information and exit. ENVIRONMENT
See the Kpathsearch library documentation (the `Path specifications' node) for precise details of how the environment variables are used. The kpsewhich 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. TEXMFOUTPUT 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 pdftex paper and the current directory is not writable and TEXMFOUTPUT has the value /tmp, pdfTeX attempts to create /tmp/paper.log (and /tmp/paper.pdf, if any output is produced.) TEXMFOUTPUT is also checked for input files, as TeX often generates files that need to be subsequently read; for input, no suffixes (such as ``.tex'') are added by default, the input name is simply checked as given. TEXINPUTS Search path for input and openin files. This should start with ``.'', so that user files are found before system files. An empty path component will be replaced with the paths defined in the texmf.cnf file. For example, set TEXINPUTS to ".:/home/user/tex:" to prepend the current directory and ``/home/user/tex'' to the standard search path. TEXFORMATS Search path for format files. TEXPOOL search path for pdftex internal strings. TEXEDIT Command template for switching to editor. The default, usually vi, is set when pdfTeX is compiled. TFMFONTS Search path for font metric (.tfm) files. FILES
The location of the files mentioned below varies from system to system. Use the kpsewhich utility to find their locations. pdftex.pool Text file containing pdfTeX's internal strings. Filename mapping definitions. *.tfm Metric files for pdfTeX's fonts. *.fmt Predigested pdfTeX format (.fmt) files. NOTES
Starting with version 1.40, pdfTeX incorporates the e-TeX extensions, and pdfeTeX is just a copy of pdfTeX. See etex(1). This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this version of pdfTeX can be found in the pdfTeX manual and the info manual Web2C: A TeX implementation. BUGS
This version of pdfTeX implements a number of optional extensions. In fact, many of these extensions conflict to a greater or lesser extent with the definition of pdfTeX. When such extensions are enabled, the banner printed when pdfTeX starts is changed to print pdfTeXk instead of pdfTeX. 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 DVI file will be invalid. Whether a generated PDF file would be usable is unknown. AVAILABILITY
pdfTeX is available for a large variety of machine architectures and operation systems. pdfTeX is part of all major TeX distributions. Information on how to get pdfTeX and related information is available at the pdfTeX web site. The following pdfeTeX related mailing list is available: This is a mailman list; to subscribe send a message containing subscribe to A web interface and list archives can be found at the mailing list web site. SEE ALSO
epstopdf(1), etex(1), latex(1), mptopdf(1), tex(1), mf(1)., AUTHORS
The primary authors of pdfTeX are Han The Thanh, Petr Sojka, Jiri Zlatuska, and Peter Breitenlohner (eTeX). TeX was designed by Donald E. Knuth, who implemented it using his Web system for Pascal programs. It was ported to Unix at Stanford by Howard Trickey, and at Cornell by Pavel Curtis. The version now offered with the Unix TeX distribution is that generated by the Web to C system (web2c), originally written by Tomas Rokicki and Tim Morgan. The encTeX extensions were written by Petr Olsak. pdftex 1.40 1 March 2011 PDFTEX(1)
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