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


       pktype pk_file [ output_file ]


       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  pk_file  on  the command line must be complete. Because the resolution is part of the
       extension, it would not make sense to append a default extension as is done  with  TeX  or
       DVI-reading  software.  If  no  output_file  is  specified,  the plain text translation is
       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.


       pktype looks for pk_file using the environment variable PKFONTS.  If that is not  set,  it
       uses  the  variable TEXPKS.  If that is not set, it uses TEXFONTS.  If that is not set, it
       uses the system default.

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


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


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