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       tftopl - convert TeX font metric (tfm) files to property lists


       tftopl [ -charcode-format=format ] [ -verbose ] tfm_name[.tfm] [ pl_name[.pl] ]


       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 tftopl program translates a (program-oriented) font metric file to a  (human-oriented)
       property  list  file.   Thus,  you  can  edit  the  contents of the TFM files, if the font
       designer has not done  his  or  her  job  properly,  or  if  you're  encountering  strange
       difficulties, or if you're just curious.  It also serves as a TFM-file validating program,
       i.e., if no error messages are given, the input file is correct.

       The pl_name is extended with .pl if it lacks a suffix.  If pl_name is not given,  standard
       output is used. Likewise, tfm_name is extended with .tfm if it lacks a suffix.  Also, path
       searching is done for the .tfm file using the environment variable TEXFONTS.  If  that  is
       not set, tftopl uses the system default.

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


       The argument format to -charcode-format specifies how character codes are output in the PL
       file.  By default, only letters and digits are output using the C integer code  (i.e.,  in
       ASCII);  the others are output in octal.  (Unless the font's coding scheme starts with TeX
       math sy or TeX math ex, in which case all character codes are output in octal.)  If format
       is  ascii, all character codes that correspond to graphic characters, besides the left and
       right parentheses, are output in ASCII.  Finally, if format is octal, all character  codes
       are output in octal.

       Without  the  -verbose  option,  tftopl operates silently.  With it, a banner and progress
       report are printed on stdout.


       Donald E. Knuth, TeX for nroffware.
       Donald E. Knuth, The Metafontbook (Volume C of Computers and Typesetting), Addison-Wesley,
       1986, ISBN 0-201-13445-4.


       Donald  E.  Knuth  wrote  the  program.  It was published as part of the TeX for nroffware
       technical report, available from the TeX Users Group.  Howard  Trickey  and  Pavel  Curtis
       originally ported it to Unix.