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NAME

       arlatex - archive a number of ancillary LaTeX files into a master .tex file

SYNOPSIS

       arlatex [--outfile=filename.tex] --document=filename.tex filename ...

       arlatex --version

       arlatex --help

DESCRIPTION

       arlatex is an archiving program like shar, tar, zip, etc.  Unlike those other archivers,
       however, arlatex is designed specifically for use with LaTeX.  arlatex takes the name of a
       master .tex file and a number of ancillary files used by that master file (e.g., .tex,
       .sty, .cls, and .eps files).  From these, arlatex outputs a single file that, when it's
       run through latex, both regenerates the ancillary files and compiles the document into a
       .dvi file.

       arlatex has a few advantages over other archiving programs:

       ·   The .tex files produced by arlatex are in a plain-text format.  They are therefore
           perfectly portable and trivial to e-mail to colleagues.

       ·   arlatex needs only LaTeX to run.  There is no dependence on any external tools.

       ·   There is no explicit extraction step.  As the generated document is run through latex,
           it extracts the ancillary files and builds the document in the same step.  The user
           running latex may not even notice that additional files are being produced.

       arlatex works by writing a number of "\begin{filecontents*}" ...  "\end{filecontents*}"
       blocks to the output file, followed by the contents of the master file.  (In fact, any
       LaTeX comments at the beginning of the master file are hoisted to the top of the generated
       file.  This enables the author to draw attention, if so desired, to the fact that
       ancillary files will be generated.)  The "filecontents*" environment, part of standard
       LaTeX2e, writes its contents verbatim to a specified file.

OPTIONS

       --version
           Output the arlatex script's version number.

       --help
           Output brief arlatex usage information.

       --document=.tex file
           Specify the master document.  The output from arlatex is this file with all of the
           other files named on the command line prepended to it.  Note that "--document" is a
           mandatory parameter; arlatex will abort with an error message if "--document" is not
           specified.

       --outfile=.tex file
           Specify the output file.  The output file looks just like the master document, but
           with a number of "filecontents*" environments preceding the "\documentclass" line.  If
           "--outfile" is not specified, output will be written to the standard output device.

EXAMPLES

       Suppose you have a paper called paper.tex that loads a custom package with
       "\usepackage{mypackage}".  You want to submit the paper to a conference, but you want to
       be absolutely certain that mypackage.sty doesn't get lost as your paper is shuttled from
       person to person.  Here's how arlatex can be of use:

           arlatex --document=paper.tex mypackage.sty --outfile=paper-submit.tex

       When paper-submit.tex is processed with latex, it builds just like the original paper.tex,
       except that it additionally creates a mypackage.sty in the current directory:

           This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.3.1)
           (paper-submit.tex
           LaTeX2e <1999/12/01> patch level 1
           Babel <v3.6Z> and hyphenation patterns for american, french, german,
           ngerman, italian, nohyphenation, loaded.

           LaTeX Warning: Writing file `./mypackage.sty'.

           (/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/base/article.cls
           Document Class: article 1999/09/10 v1.4a Standard LaTeX document class
           (/usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/base/size12.clo)) (mypackage.sty)
                                         .
                                         .
                                         .

       As another example, here's how you could bundle together all of the files needed to build
       a large document for longevity:

           arlatex --document=thesis.tex abstract.tex introduction.tex
             background.tex approach.tex experiments.tex relatedwork.tex
             conclusions.tex before.eps after.eps fast.eps slow.eps
             podunkUthesis.cls --outfile=thesis-all.tex

       As the number of files to archive together increases it becomes more cumbersome to run
       arlatex manually.  Fortunately, using arlatex with bundledoc is straightforward.
       bundledoc finds all of the files needed to build the document, and arlatex combines them
       into a single file.  The following are examples of the "bundle:" line you might use in a
       bundledoc configuration file:

       Unix:
           bundle: (arlatex --document=$BDBASE.tex $BDINPUTS \
             --outfile=$BDBASE-all.tex)

       Windows:
           bundle: arlatex --document=%BDBASE%.tex %BDINPUTS% \
             --outfile=%BDBASE%-all.tex

       See the bundledoc documentation for more information.

CAVEATS

       arlatex makes use of LaTeX2e's "filecontents*" environment.  "filecontents*" refuses to
       overwrite an existing file.  However, it also refuses to create a file that exists
       anywhere that LaTeX can find it.  That is, if the user running latex on an
       arlatex-generated .tex file already has a /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/whatever/whatever.sty
       file then "filecontents*" will refuse to create a whatever.sty file, even in a different
       directory.

SEE ALSO

       bundledoc(1), latex(1), shar(1), tar(1), zip(1)

AUTHOR

       Scott Pakin, scott+bdoc@pakin.org