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Calls makeindex/xindy for LaTeX documents using glossaries package


makeglossaries [-o file] [-q] [-Q] [-k] [-n] [-s file] [-t file] [-L language] [-c] [-g] [-l] [-p num] [-r] [-d aux dir] [-m file] [-x file] [-e] [--version] [--help] basename


makeglossaries is designed for use with LaTeX documents that use the glossaries package. The mandatory argument basename should be the name of the LaTeX document without the .tex extension.  makeglossaries will read the auxiliary file to determine whether makeindex or xindy should be called. All the information required to be passed to the relevant indexing application should also be contained in the auxiliary file, but may be overridden by the option arguments to makeglossaries.



Don't attempt to repair multiple encaps or illegal page number (makeindex only).


Compress intermediate blanks (makeindex only).

-d aux dir

Specify the directory the .aux, .glo etc files are located. Defaults to the parent directory of the base file filename.


Employ German word ordering (makeindex only).


Don't try forking with piped redirection. (Lessens the effect of -q)


Letter ordering.

-L language

This option only has an effect if xindy is called. Sets the language. See xindy documentation for further details.

-m file

Specify the full path name for makeindex to file in the  event that makeindex isn't on the operating system's path.


Print the commands that would normally be executed but don't run them.

-o file

Use file as the output file. (Only suitable for documents  containing a single glossary, otherwise each glossary will be overridden.)

-p num

Sets the starting page number to be num (makeindex only).


Quiet mode. Reduces chatter to standard output.


Silences warning about being unable to fork.

-s file

Use file as the style file. Note that if you use this option, you need to know whether makeindex or xindy will be called, as they have different style files.

-t file

Use file as the transcript file.

Disable implicit page range formation (makeindex only).

-x file

Specify the full path name for xindy to file in the  event that xindy isn't on the operating system's path.


Prints version number and exits.


Prints help message and exits.


Perl, Getopt::Std, and makeindex or xindy (depending on glossaries package options).


This is free software distributed under the LaTeX Project Public  License. There is NO WARRANTY. See <> for details.


Nicola L. C. Talbot, <>


2022-11-03 perl v5.34.1 makeglossaries Perl Script