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patgen - generate patterns for TeX hyphenation
patgen dictionary_file pattern_file log_file translate_file
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 patgen program reads the dictionary_file and produces the pattern_file, writing a
transcript of its actions on the log_file. The dictionary_file should contain a list of
hyphenated words and previously-generated patterns.
The patterns thus generated can be read by initex for use in hyphenating words. For a
(very) long example of patgen's output, see $TEXMFMAIN/generic/hyphen/hyphen.tex, which
contains the patterns TeX uses for English. At some sites, patterns for several other
languages may be available, and the local tex programs may have them preloaded; consult
your Local Guide or your system administrator for details.
All filenames must be complete; no adding of default extensions or path searching is done.
Patterns for English.
Frank Liang, Word hy-phen-a-tion by com-puter, STAN-CS-83-977, Stanford University Ph.D.
Donald E. Knuth, The TeXbook, Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13447-0, Appendix H.
Frank Liang wrote the first version of this program. Peter Breitenlohner made a substan-
tial revision in 1991 for TeX 3. The first version was published as the appendix to the
TeXware technical report, available from the TeX Users Group. Howard Trickey originally
ported it to Unix.
Web2C 7.3.1 27 December 1992 PATGEN(1)
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