3.2 Common options
All of these programs accept the standard GNU `--help' and `--version'
options, and several programs accept `--verbose'. Rather than writing
identical descriptions for every program, they are described here.
Print a usage message listing basic usage and all available
options to standard output, then exit successfully.
Print progress reports to standard output.
Print the version number to standard output, then exit
TeX, Metafont, and MetaPost have a number of additional options in
Change (or do not change) the way error messages are printed. The
alternate style looks like error messages from many compilers and
is easier to parse for some editors that invoke TeX. This option
used to be called `-file-line-error-style'.
Use DUMPNAME instead of the program name or a `%&' line to
determine the name of the memory dump file read (`fmt' for TeX,
`base' for Metafont, `mem' for MetaPost). Note: Memory dumps.
Also sets the program name to DUMPNAME if no `-progname' option
Stop processing and exit when an error occurs, as opposed to the
normal process of trying to recover and continue.
Enable the "initial" form of the program (Note: Initial and
virgin). This is implicitly set if the program name is `initex'
resp. `inimf' resp. `inimpost', although these variants are no
longer typically installed.
Set the interaction mode from the command line. The STRING must
be one of `batchmode', `nonstopmode', `scrollmode', or
Set the job name to STRING, instead of deriving it from the name
of the input file.
Set path searching debugging flags according to the bits of NUMBER
(Note: Debugging.). You can also specify
this in `KPATHSEA_DEBUG' environment variable (for all Web2c
programs). (The command line value overrides.) The most useful
value is `-1', to get all available output.
Specify the directory DIRNAME to which output files are written.
Also look for input files in DIRNAME first, before looking along
the normal search path. This is useful when you are in some
read-only distribution directory, perhaps on a CD-ROM, and want to
TeX some documentation, for example. Note that for input files
the "search" in DIRNAME does not use the full generality of the
search mechanism. This means that some files are not found there
even though you might expect them to be.
Check or disable checking whether the first line of the main input
file starts with `%&', and parse it if it does. This line can be
used specify the format and/or a TCX file.
Set program (and memory dump) name to STRING. This may affect the
search paths and other values used (*note Config files:
(kpathsea)Config files.). Using this option is equivalent to
making a link named STRING to the binary and then invoking the
binary under that name. Note: Memory dumps.
Enable the filename recorder. This makes the program save a list
of the opened files into a file with (by default) extension
`.fls'. For Omega, this option is always on, and the file has
Use TCXFILE to define which characters are printable and
translations between the internal and external character sets.
Moreover, TCXFILE can be explicitly declared in the first line of
the main input file `%& -translate-file=TCXFILE'. This is the
recommended method for portability reasons. Note: TCX files.
This option specifies that by default all characters should be
considered printable. If `-translate-file' was given as well,
then the TCX file may mark characters as non-printable.
This option is specific to Windows. When specified, TeX engines
will use the OEM code page rather than the ANSI one to display
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