## Name

miktex-pdftex — DVI/PDF output from TeX

## Synopsis

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

## Description

Run the pdfTeX typesetter on file, usually creating file.pdf. If the file argument has no extension, .tex will be appended to it. Instead of a file name, a set of pdfTeX commands can be given, the first of which must start with a backslash.

pdfTeX is a version of TeX that can create PDF files as well as DVI files.

In DVI mode, pdfTeX can be used as a complete replacement for the TeX engine.

The typical use of pdfTeX is with a pregenerated formats for which PDF output has been enabled. The miktex-pdftex command uses the equivalent of the plain TeX format, and the miktex-pdflatex command uses the equivalent of the LaTeX format. To generate formats, use the -initialize switch.

In PDF mode, pdfTeX can natively handle the PDF, JPG, JBIG2 and PNG graphics formats. pdfTeX cannot include PostScript or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) graphics files; first convert them to PDF using epstopdf(1).

## Options

--alias=name

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.

--aux-directory=dir

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

--buf-size=n

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.

--c-style-errors

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. This option implies \scrollmode.

--disable-8bit-chars

Make only 7-bit characters printable.

--disable-installer

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

--disable-pipes

Disable input (output) from (to) child processes.

--disable-write18

Disable the \write18{command} construct.

--dont-parse-first-line

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

--draftmode

Sets \pdfdraftmode so pdfTeX doesn't write a PDF and doesn't read any included images, thus speeding up execution.

--enable-8bit-chars

Make all characters printable.

--enable-enctex

Enable encTeX extensions such as \mubyte.

--enable-etex

Enable eTeX extensions.

--enable-installer

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

--enable-mltex

Enable MLTeX extensions such as \charsubdef.

--enable-pipes

Enable input (output) from (to) child processes.

--enable-write18

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.

--error-line=n

Set the width of context lines on terminal error messages.

--extra-mem-bot=n

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.

--extra-mem-top=n

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

--font-max=n

Set the maximum internal font number.

--font-mem-size=n

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

--half-error-line=n

Set the width of first lines of contexts in terminal error messages.

--halt-on-error

Quit after the first error.

--hash-extra=n

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

--help

Give help and exit.

--hhelp

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

--include-directory=dir

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

--initialize

Become the INI variant of the program.

--interaction=mode

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

--job-name=name

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

--job-time=file

Set the time-stamp of all output files equal to file's time-stamp.

--main-memory=n

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

--max-in-open=n

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

--max-print-line=n

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

--max-strings=n

Set the maximum number of strings.

--nest-size=n

Set the maximum number of semantic levels simultaneously active.

--no-c-style-errors

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

--output-directory=dir

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

--output-format=format

Set the output format mode, where format must be either dvi or pdf. This also influences the set of graphics formats understood by pdfTeX.

--param-size=n

Set the the maximum number of simultaneous macro parameters.

--parse-first-line

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.

--pool-free=n

--pool-size=n

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

--quiet

Suppress all output, except errors.

--record-package-usages=file

Record all package usages and write them into file.

--recorder

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

--restrict-write18

Partially enable the \write18{command} construct.

--save-size=n

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

--src-specials

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

--stack-size=n

Set the maximum number of simultaneous input sources.

--string-vacancies=n

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.

--synctex=n

Generate SyncTeX data for previewers. If n is zero, no .synctex file is created. If n is negative, the .synctex file is a text file. If n is positive, the .synctex file is compressed with gzip and the .gz file name extension is added.

Furthermore, n is interpreted as a bit field:

Bit 1 (n AND 2)

Don't add the .gz file name extension.

Bit 2 (n AND 4)

Activate form support.

Bit 3 (n AND 8)

Activate better compression.

--tcx=tcxname

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

--time-statistics

Show processing time statistics.

--trace[=tracestreams]

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

--trie-size=n

Set the amount of space for hyphenation patterns.

--undump=name

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

%&

line.

--version

Show version information and exit.

## Files

pdftex.cfg

The MiKTeX-pdfTeX configuration file.

## Environment

MIKTEX_EDITOR

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

The value can contain these placesholder:

%f

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

%l

The line number.

MIKTEX_TRACE

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.

TEXINPUTS

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

TEXINPUTS

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

TFMFONTS

Extra paths to locate TeX font metric files