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```PDFTEX(1)				       General Commands Manual					    PDFTEX(1)

NAME
pdftex, pdfinitex, pdfvirtex - PDF output from TeX

SYNOPSIS
pdftex [options] [commands]

DESCRIPTION
This  manual  page  is  not meant to be exhaustive.  The complete documentation for this version of TeX can be
found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.

pdfTeX is a version of TeX that can create PDF files as well as DVI files.

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.

The pdfinitex and pdfvirtex commands are pdfTeX's analogues to  the  initex  and  virtex  commands.   In  this
installation, they are symlinks to the pdftex executable.

pdfTeX's handling of its command-line arguments is similar to that of TeX.

pdfTeX is beta software.

OPTIONS
This version of pdfTeX understands the following command line options.

--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.

--help Print help message and exit.

--ini  Be pdfinitex, for dumping formats; this is implicitly true if the program is called as pdfinitex.

--interaction mode
Sets the interaction mode.  The mode can be one of batchmode, nonstopmode, scrollmode,  and  errorstop-
mode.  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 installer.

--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.

Sets path searching debugging flags according to the bitmask.  See the Kpathsea manual for details.

--maketex fmt
Enable mktexfmt, where fmt must be one of tex or tfm.

--no-maketex fmt
Disable mktexfmt, where fmt must be one of tex or tfm.

--output-comment string
Use string for the DVI file comment instead of the date.

--progname name
Pretend to be program name.  This affects both the format used and the search paths.

--shell-escape
Enable  the  \write18{command} construct.  The command can be any Bourne shell command.  This construct
is normally disallowed for security reasons.

--translate-file tcxname
Use the tcxname translation table.

--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	Meta-
font, 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 tex paper and the current directory is
not writable, if TEXMFOUTPUT has	the  value  /tmp,  pdfTeX  attempts  to  create  /tmp/paper.log  (and
/tmp/paper.pdf, if any output is produced.)

TEXINPUTS
Search  path  for  \input and \openin files.  This should probably 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/usr/tex:" to prepend the current direcory and
``/home/user/tex'' to the standard search path.

TEXFONTS
Search path for font metric (.tfm) files.

TEXFORMATS
Search path for format files.

TEXPOOL
search path for pdfinitex internal strings.

TEXEDIT
Command template for switching to editor.  The default, usually vi, is set when pdfTeX is compiled.

FILES
The location of the files mentioned below varies from system to system.	Use the  kpsewhich  utility  to  find
their locations.

pdftex.pool
Encoded text of pdfTeX's messages.

texfonts.map
Filename mapping definitions.

*.tfm  Metric files for pdfTeX's fonts.

*.fmt  Predigested pdfTeX format (.fmt) files.

BUGS
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.

pdfTeX  is  beta software.  Subscribe to the pdftex mailing list pdftex@tug.org if you intend to use it.  This
is a majordomo list, to subscribe send a message containing subscribe pdftex to majordomo@tug.org.

tex(1), mf(1), undump(1).

AUTHORS
The primary authors of pdfTeX are Han The Thanh, Petr Sojka, and Jiri Zlatuska.

Web2C 7.3.1					    29 March 1999					    PDFTEX(1)```

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