PDFTEX(1)                   General Commands Manual                  PDFTEX(1)

       pdftex - PDF output from TeX

       pdftex [options] [&format] [file|\commands]

       Run  the  pdfTeX typesetter on file, usually creating file.pdf.  If the
       file argument has no extension, ".tex" will be appended to it.  Instead
       of  a  filename,  a  set  of pdfTeX commands can be given, the first of
       which must start with a backslash.  With a &format argument pdfTeX uses
       a different set of precompiled commands, contained in format.fmt; it is
       usually better to use the -fmt format option instead.

       pdfTeX is a version of TeX, with the e-TeX extensions, that can  create
       PDF files as well as DVI files.

       In  DVI  mode, pdfTeX can be used as a complete replacement for the TeX

       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.  To generate formats, use the -ini switch.

       The pdfinitex and pdfvirtex commands are pdfTeX's analogues to the ini-
       tex and virtex commands.  In this installation,  if  the  links  exist,
       they are symbolic links to the pdftex executable.

       In  PDF  mode,  pdfTeX can natively handle the PDF, JPG, JBIG2, and PNG
       graphics formats.  pdfTeX cannot  include  PostScript  or  Encapsulated
       PostScript  (EPS)  graphics  files;  first  convert  them  to PDF using
       epstopdf(1).  pdfTeX's handling of its command-line arguments is  simi-
       lar to that of of the other TeX programs in the web2c implementation.

       This version of pdfTeX understands the following command line options.

              Sets  \pdfdraftmode  so  pdfTeX  doesn't write a PDF and doesn't
              read any included images, thus speeding up execution.

       -enc   Enable the encTeX extensions.  This option is only effective  in
              combination  with  -ini.  For documentation of the encTeX exten-
              sions see http://www.olsak.net/enctex.html.

       -etex  Enable the e-TeX extensions.  This option is only  effective  in
              combination with -ini.  See etex(1).

              Print  error messages in the form file:line:error which is simi-
              lar to the way many compilers format them.

              Disable printing error messages in the file:line:error style.

              This is the old name of the -file-line-error option.

       -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.

              Exit with an error code when an error is encountered during pro-

       -help  Print help message and exit.

       -ini   Start in INI mode, which is used to dump formats.  The INI  mode
              can  be  used  for  typesetting, but no format is preloaded, and
              basic initializations like setting catcodes may be required.

       -interaction mode
              Sets the interaction mode.  The mode can  be  either  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 in-

              As -ipc, and starts  the  server  at  the  other  end  as  well.
              Whether this option is available is the choice of the installer.

       -jobname name
              Use  name for the job name, instead of deriving it from the name
              of the input file.

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

       -mktex fmt
              Enable mktexfmt, where fmt must be either tex or tfm.

       -mltex Enable  MLTeX  extensions.   Only  effective in combination with

       -no-mktex fmt
              Disable mktexfmt, where fmt must be either tex or tfm.

       -output-comment string
              In DVI mode, use string for the DVI file comment instead of  the
              date.  This option is ignored in PDF mode.

       -output-directory directory
              Write  output  files  in directory instead of the current direc-
              tory.  Look up input files in directory  first,  the  along  the
              normal search path.

       -output-format format
              Set  the  output format mode, where format must be either pdf or
              dvi.  This also influences the set of  graphics  formats  under-
              stood by pdfTeX.

              If the first line of the main input file begins with %& parse it
              to look for a dump name or a -translate-file option.

              Disable parsing of the first line of the main input file.

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

              Enable  the filename recorder.  This leaves a trace of the files
              opened for input and output in a file with extension .fls.

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

              Disable the \write18{command} construct, even if it  is  enabled
              in the texmf.cnf file.

              In  DVI  mode,  insert  source specials into the DVI file.  This
              option is ignored in PDF mode.

       -src-specials where
              In DVI mode, insert source specials in certain placed of the DVI
              file.  where is a comma-separated value list: cr, display, hbox,
              math, par, parent, or vbox.  This option is ignored in PDF mode.

       -translate-file tcxname
              Use the tcxname translation table to set the  mapping  of  input
              characters and re-mapping of output characters.

       -default-translate-file tcxname
              Like  -translate-file  except  that  a %& line can overrule this

              Print version information and exit.

       See the Kpathsea library documentation (e.g., 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.

              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 TEXMFOUT-
              PUT.  There is no default value for that variable.  For example,
              if  you  say  pdftex  paper  and  the  current  directory is not
              writable and TEXMFOUTPUT has the value /tmp, pdfTeX attempts  to
              create /tmp/paper.log (and /tmp/paper.pdf, if any output is pro-
              duced.)  TEXMFOUTPUT is also checked for  input  files,  as  TeX
              often  generates  files  that  need to be subsequently read; for
              input, no suffixes (such as ``.tex'') are added by default,  the
              input name is simply checked as given.

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

              Search path for format files.

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

              Search path for font metric (.tfm) files.

              If  set,  its  value, taken to be in epoch-seconds, will be used
              for the timestamps in the PDF output, such as  the  CreationDate
              and  ModDate  keys.   This  is  useful  for  making reproducible

              If set to the value "1", the time-related TeX primitives (\year,
              \month,  \day,  \time)  are  also  initialized from the value of
              SOURCE_DATE_EPOCH.  This is not  recommended  if  there  is  any
              viable alternative.
              pdfTeX  also  has  several  primitives  to  support reproducible
              builds, which are preferable to setting these environment  vari-
              ables; see the main manual.

       Many,  many more environment variables may be consulted related to path
       searching.  See the Kpathsea manual.

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

              Font name mapping definitions.

       *.tfm  Metric files for pdfTeX's fonts.

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

       Starting  with  version 1.40, pdfTeX incorporates the e-TeX extensions,
       and pdfeTeX is just a copy of pdfTeX.  See etex(1).  This  manual  page
       is  not  meant  to  be exhaustive.  The complete documentation for this
       version of pdfTeX can be found in the pdfTeX manual and the info manual
       Web2C: A TeX implementation.

       This  version  of  pdfTeX fails to trap arithmetic overflow when dimen-
       sions are added or subtracted.  Cases where this occurs are  rare,  but
       when  it does the generated DVI file will be invalid.  Whether a gener-
       ated PDF file would be usable is unknown.

       pdfTeX is available for a large variety of  machine  architectures  and
       operating systems.  pdfTeX is part of all major TeX distributions.
       The pdfTeX home page: http://www.pdftex.org.
       pdfTeX on CTAN: http://www.ctan.org/pkg/pdftex.
       pdfTeX mailing list for all discussion: http://lists.tug.org/pdftex.

       The full pdfTeX manual can be accessed from the home page or CTAN page.
       Same for the Web2C, Kpathsea, and other  manuals.   Some  related  pro-
       grams:  epstopdf(1),  etex(1), latex(1), luatex(1), mptopdf(1), tex(1),

       The primary authors of pdfTeX are Han The Thanh, Petr Sojka, Jiri  Zla-
       tuska, and Peter Breitenlohner (eTeX).

       TeX  was  designed by Donald E. Knuth, who implemented it using his Web
       system for Pascal programs.  It was  ported  to  Unix  at  Stanford  by
       Howard  Trickey,  and  at  Cornell  by  Pavel  Curtis.  The version now
       offered with the Unix TeX distribution is that generated by the Web  to
       C system (web2c), originally written by Tomas Rokicki and Tim Morgan.

       The encTeX extensions were written by Petr Olsak.

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