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DVISELECT(1)		    General Commands Manual		  DVISELECT(1)

NAME
       dviselect - extract pages from DVI files

SYNOPSIS
       dviselect  [ -s ] [ -i infile ] [ -o outfile ] list of pages [ infile [
       outfile ] ]

DESCRIPTION
       Dviselect selects pages from a DVI file produced	by TeX,	creating a new
       DVI file	usable by any of the TeX conversion programs, or even by dvis-
       elect itself.

       A range is a string of the form even, odd,  or  first:last  where  both
       first  and last are optional numeric strings, with negative numbers in-
       dicated by a leading underscore character ``_''.	  If  both  first  and
       last  are  omitted,  the	 colon may also	be omitted, or may be replaced
       with an asterisk	``*''.	A page range is	a list of ranges separated  by
       periods.	  A  list  of pages is described by a set of page ranges sepa-
       rated by	commas and/or white space.

       Dviselect actually looks	at the ten count variables  that  TeX  writes;
       the  first  of these (\count0) is the page number, with \count1 through
       \count9 having varied uses depending on which  macro  packages  are  in
       use.  (Typically	\count1	might be a chapter or section number.)	A page
       is included in dviselect's output if all	its \count  values  match  any
       one of the ranges listed	on the command line.  For example, the command
       ``dviselect *.1,35:'' might select everything in	chapter	1, as well  as
       pages  35 and up.  ``dviselect 10:30'' would select pages 10 through 30
       (inclusive).  ``:43'' means everything up to and	including page 43 (in-
       cluding	negative-numbered pages).  To get all even-numbered pages, use
       ``even''; to get	all odd-numbered pages,	use ``odd''.  If  a  Table  of
       Contents	 has negative page numbers, ``:_1'' will select	it.  Note that
       ``*'' must be quoted from the shell; the	empty string  is  more	conve-
       nient to	use, if	harder to read.

       Instead	of \count values, dviselect can	also select by ``absolute page
       number'', where the first page is page 1, the second  page  2,  and  so
       forth.	Absolute  page	numbers	 are indicated by a leading equal sign
       ``=''.  Ranges of absolute pages	are also allowed:  ``dviselect	=3:7''
       will  extract  the third	through	seventh	pages.	Dot separators are not
       legal in	absolute ranges, and there are no negative absolute page  num-
       bers.  Even/odd specifiers, however, are	legal; ``dviselect =even'' se-
       lects every other page, starting	with the second.

       More precisely, an asterisk or an empty string  implies	no  limit;  an
       equal  sign  means  absolute page number	rather than \counts; a leading
       colon means everything up to and	including the given page;  a  trailing
       colon  means everything from the	given page on; the word	``even'' means
       only even values	shall be accepted; the word  ``odd''  means  only  odd
       values  shall  be accepted; and a period	indicates that the next	\count
       should be examined.  If fewer than 10 ranges are	specified, the remain-
       ing  \counts  are left unrestricted (that is, ``1:5'' and ``1:5.*'' are
       equivalent).  A single number n is treated as if	it were	the range n:n.
       An arbitrary number of page selectors may be given, separated by	commas
       or whitespace; a	page is	selected if any	of the selectors  matches  its
       \counts or absolute page	number.

       Dviselect  normally  prints the page numbers of the pages selected; the
       -s option suppresses this.

AUTHOR
       Chris Torek, University of Maryland

SEE ALSO
       dviconcat(1), latex(1), tex(1)
       MC-TeX User's Guide
       The TeXbook

BUGS
       A leading ``-'' ought to	be allowed for negative	 numbers,  but	it  is
       currently used as a synonym for ``:'', for backwards compatibility.

       Section	or  subsection selection will sometimes	fail, for the DVI file
       lists only the \count values that were  active  when  the  page	ended.
       Clever  macro  packages	can  alleviate	this  by  making  use of other
       ``free''	\count registers.  Chapters normally begin on new  pages,  and
       do not suffer from this particular problem.

       The heuristic that decides which	arguments are page selectors and which
       are file	names is often wrong.  Using shell redirection or the  -i  and
       -o options is safest.

       Dviselect  does	not  adjust  the parameters in the postamble; however,
       since these values are normally used only to size certain structures in
       the output conversion programs, and the parameters never	need to	be ad-
       justed upward, this has not proven to be	a problem.

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