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       texdoctk - GUI for easier access of TeX package and program documentations


       texdoctk -[aq]


       texdoctk  is  a  GUI  for  easier access to a large part of the vast amount of package and
       program documentations and tutorials for TeX and its different derivatives (mainly LaTeX).
       It  is optimized and included in the teTeX and fpTeX distributions and also available with

       The documentation is grouped into 17 categories; the 18th button  of  the  main  panel  is
       inactive  by  default and intended for use with local additions (see section CONFIGURATION

       In the settings window you see a checkbox in the html->ps and text->ps converter menus for
       switching  on/off  output  redirect.  This  is due to the fact that some converters do not
       write their output into a file but to stdout by default, so a redirect is needed, e.g.

       a2ps myfile.txt >


       -v     verbose: enable some viewer messages which are otherwise sent to stderr, as well as
              some warning popup windows. This can also be set in a configuration file.

       -a     autoview:  autostart  viewer  if  a  listbox  contains  only  one  item  (this will
              frequently happen in search results). This can also be set in a configuration file.


       The   configuration   is   controlled   by   the   system   default   configuration   file
       ($TEXMFMAIN)/texdoctk/texdocrc.defaults, most of whose entries can though be overridden by
       the users' own optional ~/.texdocrc files and/or command line options.

   The Settings menu and configuration files
       The Settings menu is used to change  the  user-definable  settings  of  texdoctk  for  the
       duration  of  the  program  call or as new defaults. The latter case is the purpose of the
       Save button, which generates or rewrites the  user's  own  ~/.texdocrc  file.  The  system
       defaults cannot be edited with the Settings menu.

       Paths  The  TEXMF-type paths on the system are reported, and the user can specify the name
              of the subdirectory of $HOMETEXMF, where the personal documentation is stored.

       General viewer behaviour

              Suppress error messages toggle verbose mode (see option -v); default is off.

              Autostart viewer for one-item listboxes if a listbox contains only  one  item  (see
              option -a)

              Use text viewer for unknown file format i.e. treat the file as plain text. texdoctk
              should recognize the usual file formats and also relate names like README to  plain
              text, but some docs may have freely invented names. Default is on; if switched off,
              trying to view such files will raise  an  error.  The  switch  does  not  influence
              printing: unrecognized formats cannot be printed.

              Change  viewer  colours  using  either  RGB  triplets  in the format #rrggbb or the
              standardized names.

       DVI/PostScript/PDF/HTML/Plain text
              For text files, texdoctk provides an own viewer. If this viewer is disabled, but no
              alternative  viewer  is  specified,  texdoctk  tries  to  read  the  content of the
              environment variable $PAGER.

              If you want to print the documentations, you will need converters  to  turn  non-PS
              files into PostScript. Here are some suggestions:

               dvi->ps: dvips (is part of teTeX) (

                  pdf->ps:    pdf2ps    (    or    Acrobat   Reader

               html->ps: html2ps (

               plain text->ps: a2ps (

              The html->ps and text->ps converter menus for  switching  on/off  output  redirect.
              This  is due to the fact that some converters do not write their output into a file
              but to stdout by default, so a redirect is needed, e.g.  a2ps myfile.txt >

       The system-wide configuration file is ($TEXMFMAIN)/texdoctk/texdocrc.defaults  and  should
       only  be  writable  by  the  administrator  of the installation using any text editor. The
       optional user configuration file is ~/.texdocrc and can  override  all  but  those  system
       settings  which  affect  the  installation as a whole. The preferred way of changing it is
       through the Settings menu.

   The databases
       texdoctk comes with a default  database  file  ($TEXMFMAIN)/texdoctk/texdoctk.dat  with  a
       special  format.  It  is divided into 17 sections corresponding to the 17 buttons that are
       active by default. Each section begins with a line


       where section_name is the text as it appears in the button. This title is followed by  the
       descriptive entries for each documentation, which have this format:

       package-label;Short    description   for   listbox   (opt.   package-name);path   in   doc
       directory;optional keywords

       (without breaking the line!). Comments (initiated with a #) and empty lines are ignored by
       the  program.  The  second  field  is  the  text  displayed  in the selection listboxes of
       texdoctk, and you will usually want to mention the name of the  package  in  parens  along
       with it; the first field is a unique label for the package for internal use of the program
       which will usually be chosen identical to the package name, but can be different if  there
       is more than one documentation file coming with a package.

       The  administrator  will probably install additional packages in the local texmf tree. The
       corresponding  documentation  can  be  made   accessible   by   an   additional   database
       $TEXMFLOCAL/texdoctk/texdoctk-local.dat.  Furthermore,  individual  users possibly install
       additional packages in an texmf subdirectory of their $HOME, for which they  can  make  an
       individual  database  themselves  as $TEXMFHOME/texdoctk/texdoctk-pers.dat. After creating
       such files, texhash must be executed.

       Both types of databases must have the same structure as the system database, although they
       need  (and  should)  not  include all its sections if there are no additional entries. For
       example, if the the package foo is added to the local tree  such  that  its  documentation
       file  is  ($TEXMFLOCAL)/doc/latex/foo/foo.dvi and it is decided that it fits best into the
       existing category Graphics, texdoctk-local.dat would look like this:

       foo;Create bells and whistles (foo);latex/foo/foo.dvi;decoration

       The entry for foo will then be appended to the list of entries in the  Graphics  category.
       The  18th button can be activated in the same way, but using a new category name; possible
       entries at the beginning of the database which have not been assigned to a  category  will
       be  assigned  to the default Miscellaneous, making the 18th button active with that label.
       Note that you cannot have more than 18 categories; if there are more, only the one defined
       last will appear and be used.

       If  the documentation is included in the .sty file instead of a proper documentation file,
       the optional keywords should start with -?- directly after the semicolon, where ? is 0, 1,
       2  or  3;  these  are  flags which indicate in which part of the .sty the instructions are
       placed and should help texdoctk to extract the documentation from the style and present it
       without the code, which would normally be of little use.

       0      no specific place, scattered between the code

       1      at  end, behind \endinput; some .sty files have well-organized documentation behind
              the end of the actual code, where TeX doesn't see it upon compilation

       2      at beginning, terminated by %%%%%%; in some other cases, some usage information  is
              at the beginning of the .sty as a comment terminated by a line full of %

       3      as 2, but with a blank line as termination

       See the system database for plenty of examples.


        $TEXMFMAIN/texdoctk/texdocrc.defaults system-wide configuration file

        ~/.texdocrc (optional) personal configuration file; can also be created with the Settings

        $TEXMFMAIN/texdoctk/texdoctk.dat default database file for  documentation  files  of  the

         $TEXMFLOCAL/texdoctk/texdoctk-local.dat (optional) local database file for documentation

        $TEXMFHOME/texdoctk/texdoctk-pers.dat (optional) personal  database  file  of  individual
       users for documentation files


       Widget placement in topic toplevels becomes ugly when the toplevel is stretched or shrunk.

       The font in the frame labels of the Settings menu are not forced to the default font; this
       will become visible e.g. at hi-res screens, where the label font is not scaled up.

       Netscape and Mozilla error output will be written to stderr even if  the  quiet  mode  was


       texdoctk was written by Thomas Ruedas <>.

       This  manual  page  was  originally written by Adrian Bunk <> for the Debian
       GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others). It is now maintained by Thomas Ruedas.


       Copyright (C) 2000-2004 Thomas Ruedas
       This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is  NO  warranty;  not