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NAME

       pktype - verify and translate a packed font bitmap file to plain text

SYNOPSIS

       pktype pk_file[pk]

DESCRIPTION

       This  manual  page  is  not  meant  to be exhaustive.  The complete documentation for this
       version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.

       The pktype program translates a packed font file (pk) (output by, for  example,  gftopk(1)
       to  a  file that humans can read. It also serves as a pk file-validating program (i.e., if
       pktype can read it, it's correct) and as an example of  a  pk-reading  program  for  other
       software that wants to read pk files.

       The input pk_file on the command line may omit the suffix `pk.  The plain text translation
       is always written to standard output.

       The output file gives a  compact  encoding  of  the  packed  encoding,  using  conventions
       described in the source code. Run lengths of black pixels alternate with parenthesized run
       lengths of white pixels, and brackets are used to indicate when a row should be repeated.

ENVIRONMENT

       pktype looks for pk_file in the usual places according to Kpathsea.

       See tex(1) for the details of the searching.

SEE ALSO

       dvitype(1), gftopk(1), gftype(1).
       Donald E. Knuth et al., Metafontware.

AUTHORS

       Tomas Rokicki wrote the program, Donald E. Knuth originally  ported  it  to  Unix,  Pierre
       MacKay originally adapted it for compilation with Web2c.