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)

Only user related MiKTeX configuration and data files are modified.

Administrative mode

Only system-wide MiKTeX configuration and data files are modified. The utility should be run as the system administrator.

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:

initexmf --admin --update-fndb

Options

--admin

Run in administrative mode.

--configure

This option is only available on UNIX system-like platforms. Configure MiKTeX:

  • kpsewhich is run to find existing TEXMF trees; the information is written to /var/lib/miktex-texmf/miktex/config/miktexstartup.ini, if administrative mode is turned on; otherwise the information is written to ~/.miktex/miktex/config/miktexstartup.ini

  • the system-wide (per-user) file name database is created, if administrative mode is turned on (off)

--dump

Create all memory dump files.

--dump=key

Dump the specified memory dump file.

--edit-config-file=configfile

Open the specified config file in an editor.

--force

Force --mklinks to overwrite existing executables.

--list-modes

List all known METAFONT modes.

--mklinks

Create an executable for each known format.

--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.

--report

Write a MiKTeX configuration report.

--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.

--verbose

Print information on what is being done.

--version

Print the version number and exit.

See also

MiKTeX Project Page