texi2dvi - convert Texinfo documents to DVI


texi2dvi [OPTION]... FILE...


Run each Texinfo or (La)TeX FILE through TeX in turn until all cross-references are resolved, building all indices. The directory containing each FILE is searched for included files. The suffix of FILE is used to determine its language ((La)TeX or Texinfo). To process (e)plain TeX files, set the environment variable LATEX=tex.

In order to make texi2dvi a drop-in replacement of TeX/LaTeX in AUC-TeX, the FILE may also be composed of the following simple TeX commands.

the actual file to compile
same as --batch
Makeinfo is used to perform Texinfo macro expansion before running TeX when needed.
General options:
-b, --batch
no interaction
-D, --debug
turn on shell debugging (set -x)
-h, --help
display this help and exit successfully
-o, --output=OFILE
leave output in OFILE (implies --clean); only one input FILE may be specified in this case
-q, --quiet
no output unless errors (implies --batch)
-s, --silent
same as --quiet
-v, --version
display version information and exit successfully
-V, --verbose
report on what is done
TeX tuning:
-@ use @input instead of \input for preloaded Texinfo
--dvi output a DVI file [default]
output a PDF file via DVI (using dvipdf)
-e, -E, --expand
force macro expansion using makeinfo
-I DIR search DIR for Texinfo files
-l, --language=LANG
specify LANG for FILE, either latex or texinfo
do not pass --file-line-error to TeX
-p, --pdf
use pdftex or pdflatex for processing
-r, --recode
call recode before TeX to translate input
recode from ENC to the @documentencoding
pass --src-specials to TeX
-t, --command=CMD
insert CMD in copy of input file
or --texinfo=CMD
multiple values accumulate
use given charset translation file for TeX
Build modes:
specify the treatment of auxiliary files [local]
--tidy same as --build=tidy
-c, --clean
same as --build=clean
specify where the tidy compilation is performed; implies --tidy;
remove the auxiliary files and directories but not the output
The MODE specifies where the TeX compilation takes place, and, as a consequence, how auxiliary files are treated. The build mode can also be set using the environment variable TEXI2DVI_BUILD_MODE.
Valid MODEs are:
compile in the current directory, leaving all the auxiliary files around. This is the traditional TeX use.
`tidy' compile in a local *.t2d directory, where the auxiliary files
are left. Output files are copied back to the original file.
same as `tidy', but remove the auxiliary directory afterwards. Every compilation therefore requires the full cycle.
Using the `tidy' mode brings several advantages:
- the current directory is not cluttered with plethora of tempo
rary files.
- clutter can be even reduced using --build-dir=dir: all the *.t2d
directories are stored there.
- clutter can be reduced to zero using, e.g.,
--build-dir=/tmp/$USER.t2d or --build-dir=$HOME/.t2d.
- the output file is updated after every succesful TeX run, for
sake of concurrent visualization of the output. In a `local' build the viewer stops during the whole TeX run.
- if the compilation fails, the previous state of the output file
is preserved.
- PDF and DVI compilation are kept in separate subdirectories pre
venting any possibility of auxiliary file incompatibility.
On the other hand, because `tidy' compilation takes place in another directory, occasionally TeX won't be able to find some files (e.g., when using \graphicspath): in that case use -I to specify the additional directories to consider.
The values of the BIBTEX, LATEX (or PDFLATEX), MAKEINDEX, MAKEINFO, TEX (or PDFTEX), TEXINDEX, and THUMBPDF environment variables are used to run those commands, if they are set. Any CMD strings are added after @setfilename for Texinfo input, in the first line for LaTeX input.


Email bug reports to <bug-texinfo@gnu.org>, general questions and discussion to <help-texinfo@gnu.org>. Texinfo home page: http://www.gnu.org/software/texinfo/


Copyright (C) 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <http://gnu.org/licenses/gpl.html>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for texi2dvi is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and texi2dvi programs are properly installed at your site, the command
info texi2dvi
should give you access to the complete manual.
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