chktex man page

chktex — finds typographic errors in LaTeX.


chktex [-hiqrW] [-v[0-...]] [-l <rcfile>] [-[wemn] <[1-42]|all>] [-d[0-...]] [-p <name>] [-o <outfile>] [-[btxgI][0|1]] file1 file2 ...


chktex finds typographic errors in LaTeX


Miscellaneous options:

-h --help

Print a help screen.

-i --license

Show distribution information.

-l --localrc

Read local .chktexrc formatted  file.

-d --debug

Debug information. Give it a number.

-r --reset

Reset settings to default.

Muting warning messages:

-w --warnon

Makes msg # given a warning and turns it on.

-e  --erroron

Makes msg # given an error and turns it on.

-m --msgon

Makes msg # given a message and turns it on.

-n --nowarn

Mutes msg # given.

-L --nolinesupp

Do not allow per-line suppressions.  These are TeX comments of the form % chktex ## .

Output control flags:

-v --verbosity

How errors are displayed. Default 1, 0=Less, 2=Fancy, 3=lacheck.

-V --pipeverb

How errors are displayed when stdout != tty. Defaults to the same as -v.

-s --splitchar

String used to split fields when doing -v0

-o --output

Redirect error report to a file.

-q --quiet

Shuts up about version information.

-p --pseudoname

Input file-name when reporting.

-f --format

Format to use for output

Boolean switches (1 -> enables / 0 -> disables):

-b --backup

Backup output file.

-x --wipeverb

Ignore contents of `\verb' commands.

-g --globalrc

Read global .chktexrc file.

-I --inputfiles

Execute \input statements.

-H --headererr

Show errors found in front of \begin{document}

-W --version

Version information

If no LaTeX files are specified on the command line, we will read from stdin.   For explanation of warning/error messages, please consult the main document /usr/share/doc/chktex/ChkTeX.dvi.gz.


Copyright (C) 1996 Jens T. Berger Thielemann

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place, Suite 330, Boston, MA  02111-1307  USA


No environment variables are used.




Jens T. Berger Thielemann, <>

This manual page was cobbled together by Clint Adams <>, based on the output of "chktex --help" and deweb(1).

See Also

deweb(1), chkweb(1)

Referenced By


March 30, 2001