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       miktex-tex - text formatting and	typesetting

       miktex-tex [option...] [[file] |	[\command...]]

       This man	page is	an adaption of the corresponding TeX Live man page.

       Run the TeX typesetter on file, usually creating	file.dvi. If the file
       argument	has no extension, .tex will be appended	to it. Instead of a
       filename, a set of TeX commands can be given, the first of which	must
       start with a backslash. With a &format argument TeX uses	a different
       set of precompiled commands, contained in format.fmt; it	is usually
       better to use the -undump=format	option instead.

       TeX formats the interspersed text and commands contained	in the named
       files and outputs a typesetter independent file (called DVI, which is
       short for DeVice	Independent).  TeX's capabilities and language are
       described in The	TeXbook.  TeX is normally used with a large body of
       precompiled macros, and there are several specific formatting systems,
       such as LaTeX, which require the	support	of several macro files.

       This version of TeX looks at its	command-line to	see what name it was
       called under. Both initex and virtex are	links to the miktex-tex
       executable. When	called as initex (or when the -initialize option is
       given) it can be	used to	precompile macros into a .fmt file. When
       called as virtex	it will	use the	plain format. When called under	any
       other name, TeX will use	that name as the name of the format to use.
       For example, when called	as miktex-tex the tex format is	used, which is
       identical to the	plain format. The commands defined by the plain	format
       are documented in The TeXbook. Other formats that are often available
       include latex and amstex.

       The non-option command line argiments to	the TeX	program	are passed to
       it as the first input line. (But	it is often easier to type extended
       arguments as the	first input line, since	shells tend to gobble up or
       misinterpret TeX's favorite symbols, like backslashes, unless you quote
       them.) As described in The TeXbook, that	first line should begin	with a
       file name, a \controlsequence, or a &formatname.

       The normal usage	is to say miktex-tex paper to start processing
       paper.tex. The name paper will be the "jobname",	and is used in forming
       output file names. If TeX doesn't get a file name in the	first line,
       the job name is texput. When looking for	a file,	TeX looks for the name
       with and	without	the default extension (.tex) appended, unless the name
       already contains	that extension.	If paper is the	"jobname", a log of
       error messages, with rather more	detail than normally appears on	the
       screen, will appear in paper.log, and the output	file will be in

       This version of TeX will	look in	the first line of the file paper.tex
       to see if it begins with	the magic sequence %&. If the first line
       begins with %&format --translate-file tcxname, then TeX will use	the
       named format and	transation table tcxname to process the	source file.
       Either the format name or the --translate-file specification may	be
       omitted,	but not	both. This overrides the format	selection based	on the
       name by which the program is invoked. The -parse-first-line option or
       the parse_first_line configuration value	controls whether this
       behaviour is enabled.

       The e response to TeX's error-recovery prompt causes the	default	editor
       to start	up at the current line of the current file. The	configuration
       value [Core]Editor can be used to change	the editor used. It may
       contain a string	with %f	indicating where the file name goes and	%l
       indicating where	the decimal line number	(if any) goes. For example, an
       [Core]Editor string for emacs can be set	with the command

	   > initexmf --set-config-value="[Core]Editor=emacs +%l %f"

       A convenient file is null.tex, containing nothing. When TeX can't find
       a file it thinks	you want to input, it keeps asking you for another
       file name; responding null gets you out of the loop if you don't	want
       to input	anything. You can also type your EOF character (usually

	   Pretend to be program name, i.e., set program (and memory dump)
	   name	to name.  This may affect the search paths and other values
	   used. Using this option is equivalent to copying the	program	file
	   to name and invoking	name.

	   Set dir as the directory to which auxiliary files are written. Also
	   look	for input files	in dir first, before along the normal search

	   Set the the maximum number of characters simultaneously present in
	   current lines of open files and in control sequences	between
	   \csname and \endcsname.  TeX	uses the buffer	to contain input
	   lines, but macro expansion works by writing material	into the
	   buffer and reparsing	the line. As a consequence, certain constructs
	   require the buffer to be very large,	even though most documents can
	   be handled with a small value.

	   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.

	   Make	only 7-bit characters printable.

	   Disable automatic installation of packages.	Specifying this	option
	   overrules settings in the MiKTeX configuration data store.

	   Disable the \write18{command} construct.

	   Disable checking whether the	first line of the main input file
	   starts with %&.

	   Make	all characters printable.

	   Enable encTeX extensions such as \mubyte.

	   Enable automatic installation of packages.  Specifying this option
	   overrules settings in the MiKTeX configuration data store.

	   Enable MLTeX	extensions such	as \charsubdef.

	   Fully enable	the \write18{command} construct. It is only partially
	   enabled by default to avoid security	problems. When fully enabled,
	   the command (which undergoes	the usual TeX expansions) is passed to
	   the command interpreter. The	output of the command is not diverted
	   anywhere, so	it will	not appear in the log file. The	command
	   execution either happens at \output time or right away, according
	   to the absence or presence of the \immediate	prefix.

	   Set the width of context lines on terminal error messages.

	   Set the extra size (in memory words)	for large data structures like
	   boxes, glue,	breakpoints, et	al. Relevant only after	the memory
	   dump	file has been read.

	   Set the extra size (in memory words)	for chars, tokens, et al.
	   Relevant only after the memory dump file has	been read.

	   Set the maximum internal font number.

	   Set the size, in TeX	memory words, of the font memory.

	   Set the width of first lines	of contexts in terminal	error

	   Quit	after the first	error.

	   Set the extra space for the hash table of control sequences (which
	   allows 10K names as distributed).

	   Give	help and exit.

	   This	option is only available on Windows systems: show the manual
	   page	in an HTML Help	window and exit	when the window	is closed.

	   Add the directory dir to the	head of	the list of directories	to be
	   searched for	input files.

	   Become the INI variant of the program.

	   Set the interaction mode. Must be one of batchmode, scrollmode and
	   errorstopmode. The meaning of these modes is	the same as the
	   corresponding commands.

	   Set the name	of the job (\jobname).	This has an affect on the
	   output file names.

	   Set the time-stamp of all output files equal	to

	   Change the total size (in memory words) of the main memory array.
	   Relevant only while creating	memory dump files.

	   Set the maximum number of input files and error insertions that can
	   be going on simultaneously.

	   Set the width of longest text lines output; should be at least 60.

	   Set the maximum number of strings.

	   Set the maximum number of semantic levels simultaneously active.

	   Don't change	the way, error messages	are printed.

	   Write output	files in dir.  instead of the current directory. Look
	   up input files in dir first,	then along the normal search path.

	   Set the the maximum number of simultaneous macro parameters.

	   Check whether the first line	of the main input file starts with %&,
	   and parse if	it does.  This can be used to specify extra
	   command-line	options.

	   Set the minimum pool	space left after loading the format.

	   Set the maximum number of characters	in strings, including all
	   error messages and help texts, and the names	of all fonts and
	   control sequences.

	   Suppress all	output,	except errors.

	   Record all package usages and write them into file.

	   Enable the file name	recorder. This leaves a	trace of the files
	   opened for input and	output in a file with the extension .fls.

	   Partially enable the	\write18{command} construct.

	   Set the the amount of space for saving values outside of current

	   Embed source	file information (source specials) in the file.

	   Set the maximum number of simultaneous input	sources.

	   Set the minimum number of characters	that should be available for
	   the user's control sequences	and font names,	after the compiler's
	   own error messages are stored. Must be at least 25000 less than
	   pool_size, but doesn't need to be nearly that large.

	   Use the tcxname translation table to	set the	mapping	of input
	   characters and re-mapping of	output characters.

	   Show	processing time	statistics.

	   Enable trace	messages.  The tracestreams argument, if specified, is
	   a comma-separated list of trace stream names	(Chapter 9, Trace

	   Set the amount of space for hyphenation patterns.

	   Use name as the name	of the format to be used, instead of the name
	   by which the	program	was called or a



	   Show	version	information and	exit.

	   The editor to use when selecting e in the error prompt menu.

	   The value can contain these placesholder:

	       The name	of the file, which contains the	erroneous line of TeX

	       The line	number.

	   Comma-separated list	of trace stream	names (see Chapter 9, Trace
	   Streams). If	this variable is set, then MiKTeX programs will	write
	   trace messages into the configured log sink.

	   Extra paths to locate TeX\input and \openin files.

	   Extra paths to locate TeX font metric files

       This version of TeX implements a	number of optional extensions. In
       fact, many of these extensions conflict to a greater or lesser extent
       with the	definition of TeX. This	version	of TeX 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.


       978-0201134476. The TeXbook. Donald E. Knuth. Addison-Wesley. 1986.

MiKTeX 21.2		       February	22, 2021		 MIKTEX-TEX(1)


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