mft - translate Metafont code to TeX code for prettyprinting
mft mf_file_name[.mf] [ [ -c ] or [ change_file_name[.ch] ] ] [ [ -s ] or [
style_file_name[.mft] ] ]
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 mft program creates a TeX file from a Metafont program. It takes appropriate care of
typographic details like page layout and the use of indentation, italics, boldface, etc.,
as illustrated in the book Computer Modern Typefaces. Special conventions in Metafont
comments allow you to control things that would not otherwise come out right; section 1 of
the MFT source program in the Metafontware report explains these rules.
The command line has one required file name and two optional file names. The required one
is a Metafont source file; there is also an optional change file (which works just as the
change files to tangle(1) and weave(1) do) and an optional style file (which is prepended
A file name that doesn't contain a dot is always given an extension, either .mf (Metafont)
or .ch (change) or .mft (style). If no style file is specified, the style file plain.mft
is automatically used. The change_file_name is not searched for using any paths. The .mf
file is searched for using the MFINPUTS environment variable if you have set it, or else
the system default. The style file is searched for using the TEXINPUTS environment vari-
able. See tex(1) for the details of the searching.
The output TeX file name is formed by using .tex in place of the extension of
Specify command-line options -c to suppress the reading of a change file, and -s to sup-
press the reading of a style file.
TeX macros used by mft output.
Default style file.
Style file for Computer Modern.
Donald E. Knuth, Computer Modern Typefaces (Volume E of Computers and Typesetting), Addi-
son-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13446-2.
Donald E. Knuth et al., Metafontware.
Donald E. Knuth wrote the program, and he ported it to Unix with the help of Pierre MacKay
and the Unix port of weave by Howard Trickey and Pavel Curtis. The program is published
in the Metafontware technical report, available from the TeX Users Group.
Web2C 7.3.1 14 December 1993 MFT(1)