tftopl - convert TeX font metric (tfm) files to property lists
tftopl [OPTIONS] tfm_name[.tfm] [pl_name[.pl]]
This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this ver-
sion of TeX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.
The tftopl program translates a (program-oriented) font metric file to a (human-oriented)
property list file. Thus, you can edit the contents of the TFM files, if the font
designer has not done his or her job properly, or if you're encountering strange difficul-
ties, or if you're just curious. It also serves as a TFM-file validating program, i.e.,
if no error messages are given, the input file is correct.
The pl_name is extended with .pl if it lacks a suffix. If pl_name is not given, standard
output is used. Likewise, tfm_name is extended with .tfm if it lacks a suffix. Also, path
searching is done for the TFM file using the environment variable TEXFONTS. If that is
not set, tftopl uses the system default.
See tex(1) for the details of the searching.
The argument format specifies how character codes are output in the PL file. By
default, only letters and digits are output using the C integer code (i.e., in
ASCII); the others are output in octal. (Unless the font's coding scheme starts
with TeX math sy or TeX math ex, in which case all character codes are output in
octal.) If format is ascii, all character codes that correspond to graphic charac-
ters, besides the left and right parentheses, are output in ASCII. Finally, if
format is octal, all character codes are output in octal.
Without this option, tftopl operates silently. With it, a banner and progress
report are printed on stdout.
Donald E. Knuth, TeX for nroffware.
Donald E. Knuth, The Metafontbook (Volume C of Computers and Typesetting), Addison-Wesley,
1986, ISBN 0-201-13445-4.
Donald E. Knuth wrote the program. It was published as part of the TeX for nroffware tech-
nical report, available from the TeX Users Group. Howard Trickey and Pavel Curtis origi-
nally ported it to Unix.
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