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pdfjadetex - Man Page

PDF output from JadeTeX


pdfjadetex [options] [commands]


This manual page was derived from the manual page for pdfT E X and is not meant to be exhaustive.  The complete documentation for this version of T E X can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.

pdfjadeT E X is a version of T E X that can create PDF files as well as DVI files.

The typical use of pdfjadeT E X is with a pregenerated formats for which PDF output has been enabled.  The pdfjadetex command uses the equivalent of the plain JadeT E X format.

pdfjadeT E X's handling of its command-line arguments is similar to that of L A T E X.


This version of pdfjadeT E X 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 pdfjadeT E X was called or a %& line.


Print help message and exit.


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.


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.


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

--kpathsea-debug bitmask

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.


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


Print version information and exit.


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 pdfjadeT E X formats, you cannot use ~ in a filename you give directly to pdfjadeT E X, 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, pdfjadeT E X 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, pdfjadeT E X attempts to create /tmp/paper.log (and /tmp/paper.pdf, if any output is produced.)


Search path for \input and \openin files. This should probably start with “.”, so that user files are found before system files.


Search path for font metric (.tfm) files.


Search path for format files.


search path for pdfinitex internal strings.


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


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


Encoded text of pdfjadeT E X's messages.


Filename mapping definitions.


Metric files for pdfjadeT E X's fonts.


Predigested pdfjadeT E X format (.fmt) files.


This version of pdfjadeT E X 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.

See Also

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


The author of pdfjadeT E X is Sebastian Rahtz.

This manual page was derived by Marcus Brinkmann for the Debian distribution from the pdfT E X manual page from the teT E X distribution by Thomas Esser.

Referenced By


12 July 1998 Marcus Brinkmann