Name

initexmf — MiKTeX configuration utility

Synopsis

initexmf [option...]

Description

initexmf is used to configure MiKTeX.

User mode vs. administrative mode

This utility can be run in two modes:

User mode (default)

MiKTeX operates on user-scoped configuration and data files.

Administrative mode

Only system-wide MiKTeX configuration and data files are modified, assuming that the MiKTeX setup is shared by all users. The utility must be run with administrator privileges.

By default, the utility runs in user mode. You can turn on administrative mode with the --admin option. For example, if you want to update the system-wide file name database, you invoke the utility as follows:

C:> initexmf --admin --update-fndb

Options

--admin

Run in administrative mode:

  • Operate on the system-wide MiKTeX configuration data store.

  • Install packages for all users.

Using this option requires a shared MiKTeX setup, i.e., MiKTeX must have been set up for all users. The program must be run with administrator privileges.

--default-paper-size=paper

Set the default paper size. paper must be a4 or letter.

--disable-installer

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

--dump

Create all memory dump files.

--dump=name

Dump the specified memory dump file.

--edit-config-file=configfile

Open the specified config file in a text editor.

--enable-installer

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

--engine=engine

Engine to be used when generating format files.

--force

Force --mklinks to overwrite existing executables.

--list-formats

List all known formats.

--list-modes

List all known METAFONT modes.

--mklinks

Create all possible links.

--mklinks=category

Create links for the specified category, which must be one of:

formats

Create links from format names to TeX engines. For example, latex.exe will become a link to miktex-tex.exe and invoking latex.exe will cause TeX to load the format file latex.fmt.

miktex

Create links from standard program names to miktex- executables. For example, tex.exe will become a link to miktex-tex.exe.

scripts

Create executable links from script names to script wrappers. For example, latexmk.exe will become a link to the internal Perl wrapper runperl.exe and invoking latexmk.exe will eventually execute the Perl script latexmk.pl.

--mkmaps

Build the font map files.

--print-only

Print what would be done. Nothing is changed.

--quiet

Suppress screen output.

--register-root=dir

Register a TEXMF root directory.

--remove-links

Remove the links which were created by --mklinks.

--report

Write a MiKTeX configuration report.

--set-config-value=[section]valuename=value

Set a configuration value.

--show-config-value=[section]valuename

Show a configuration value.

--unregister-root=dir

Unregister a TEXMF root directory.

--update-fndb

Refresh the whole file name database.

--update-fndb=dir

Refresh the file name database for a specific TEXMF tree.

--user-roots=directories

Register user root directories.

--verbose

Print information on what is being done.

--version

Print the version number and exit.