RedHat 9 (Linux i386) - man page for pdfvirtex (redhat section 1)

```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  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.

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 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 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 sub-
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