teTeXDocumentation Guide



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This page is an attempt at a guided tour around the TeX and LaTeX documentation which is distributed with teTeX.

teTeX is a unix TeX and LaTeX system assembled by Thomas Esser since 1994. Its home page is located at http://www.tug.org/tetex/. The teTeX Manual is the main reference for teTeX specific information including configuration. A few notes on teTeX configuration are available below but are not intended to replace the manual.

Queries about installing and maintaining the teTeX installation itself should be directed to the teTeX mailing list: (see the teTeX Homepage for instructions) - but check the frequently-asked questions list first. Questions about using LaTeX, TeX, etc., are best posted to the usenet newsgroup comp.text.tex where they will receive attention from a worldwide readership.

The documentation available through this page is provided as either plain text, html or in one of the 3 common formats for TeX related output described in the table below. Note that only the xdvi* software is distributed with teTeX.

File suffixFormat name Viewers
*.dvi Device Independent xdvi, xdvik, kdvi,...
*.ps PostScriptghostview, gv, ggv, kghostview,...
*.pdf Portable Document Format Acrobat Reader (acroread), xpdf, ggv, kdf,...

All these file types may be viewed from a properly configured web browser such as those from the Mozilla family (with appropriate plugins such as MozPlugger, the Acrobat Reader plugin,...), or Konqueror, or ... Most of the original LaTeX sources can be found in the documentation tree which is rooted at $TEXMFDIST/doc or $TEXMFLOCAL/doc.

teTeX makes available the traditional man and info pages. The former are listed in the man pages section below.

Other interfaces to documentation include the texdoc and texdoctk tools. A php texdoc emulator is available.

Note that teTeX does not contain a graphical interface for editing and processing *.tex documents. Choices in a unix environment for this include (x)emacs (with auctex or preview-latex), kile, nedit and its LaTeX mode, vim,...

Main features in the release

What is new in ?

Refer to the teTeX Manual for further details.

Main features in the 2.0 release

What else was new in teTEX 2

What was new in teTEX 1

Web2c and configuration

teTeX is based on the web2c implementation of TeX, metafont, etc. Information on running the various programs is contained in web2c.pdf. All programs use a common, configurable, library for searching for files. The file kpathsea.pdf gives details. Data file system trees for tex, metafont and related programs (texmf trees) in teTeX are structured according to the TeX Directory Structure (TDS). Available texmf trees, their location and purpose are set in the web2c configuration file texmf.cnf and described there and in the manual.

Configuration options in teTeX can be set system-wide using the texconfig-sys utility, or at the user level by texconfig. This *-sys convention is also followed for created map files (udpmap) and format files (fmtutil). Files created by these utilities are stored in the appropriate texmf tree.

To speed up file search file name databases named ls-R are used. They are located at the root of each texmf tree and need to be updated with the texhash command after the addition of files to the texmf trees except in the cases of automatic font generation or when using texconfig.

TeX and its variants

TeX encTeX plain TeX eplain LaTeX PDFTeX and PDFLaTeX Omega and Lambda ETex and ELaTeX Aleph ConTeXt

This distribution includes the classical plain and LaTeX macro packages as well as several more recent developments of TeX (and LaTeX).


The original TeX described in the TeXbook by Donald E. Knuth.


A backwards compatible extension to the original TeX allowing UTF-8 processing in 8-bit TeX.

plain TeX

The format described in the TeXbook.


Eplain is an extended version of plain TeX format.


The extremely popular macro package originally by Leslie Lamport and described in LaTeX, a document preparation system (2nd edition) . Currently LaTeX is developed by the LaTeX project which has recently updated its description of additional capabilities in the LaTeX Companion (2nd edition). Most entries below deal with LaTeX functionality.


Han The Thanh’s TeX variant which can generate output in Adobe PDF format. Documentation is in the PDFTeX manual.

Omega and Lambda

The Omega system and the corresponding LaTeX format Lambda extend TeX for mixed multi-lingual typesetting using unicode. See the omega home page.

ETeX and ELaTeX

e-TeX adds several extensions to TeX notably right-to-left typesetting.


The Aleph project aims to build a "usable" version of Omega, incorporating ETeX extensions.


A relatively recent macro package for TeX by Hans Hagen. A ConTeXt specific package is included: PPCHTEX which allows typesetting chemical structure-formulas.


Useful information in a questions and answers format is provided by the UK TeX users group Frequently Asked Questions list.

LaTeX guides

LaTeX2e is the recommended version of LaTeX, and the older version LaTeX 2.09 is obsolete. If you know LaTeX2.09 read about LaTeX2e vs LaTeX2.09 and why you should switch. There is one manual describing the LaTeX language itself, which may at a pinch substitute for a book, the Not so short Introduction to LaTeX2e. There is also a full reference manual of LaTeX2e commands -- ideal for looking up a particular piece of formatting while writing a document (also available in dvi format) and a table of available mathematical symbols. Either new or old users of LaTeX 2e should benefit from checking the Dos and don’ts of LaTeX 2e.

Most LaTeX books refer to a local guide to describe operating-system and implementation-dependent aspects, notably the commands to invoke LaTeX and how to preview and print documents. The document Running LaTeX and utilities on a Unix system (also in PostScript form) is a good introduction to most of these topics.

There are errata lists available for two well-known books, the LaTeX Book and the LaTeX Companion (1st edition) (2nd edition).

The LaTeX project maintains a documentation page listing guides available through the web or in book form.

ConTeXt guides

teTeX includes a few ConTeXt guides: the main ConTeXt manual, a readme document, an installation guide with information on the command line interface texexec, additional information on texexec, an introductory document and a full list of commands. Further documentation on ConTeXt is available from the PRAGMA site.

Graphics and Colour

A very common requirement is to include some kind of graphics as an external file (usually PostScript) into a LaTeX document. The definitive manual on how to do this is Keith Reckdahl’s excellent Using imported graphics in LaTeX2e. The document Packages in the ‘graphics’ bundle is the documentation on the recommended LaTeX2e graphics package, which includes information on how to use colours in the output.

Other graphics related packages include:

Allows importing PostScript figures from any other package, but use LaTeX’s power for all of the mathematical and textual annotations. (But note that xfig allows you to do this anyway).
Provides preparation of pages for prepress, color separation, cropmarks, color and gray scale bars, and mirror print. An example for LaTeX and an example for plain are available.
This package is used by preview-latex for (x)emacs. It allows to produce tight (meaning with correct bounding box) eps images of typeset fragments like displayed formulas.
A new way of dealing with Postscript commands (e.g. PSTricks graphics, PSfrag replacements, EPS graphics) inside pdflatex documents. See the test file.
Allows a user to select a document-wide target color model and offers tools for conversion between color models.
PDF output through pdftex and the graphicx (or graphics) package implies graphics inclusions as *.pdf files (or other formats but not .eps). A change in output format normally implies using the epstopdf program to convert graphics inclusions. You may find the epstopdf style convenient as it automates such a procedure.

Graph and Diagram Drawing

Probably the best way to draw a simple diagram is to use the xfig program (see the unix man page for details). However there are programmatic ways for more sophisticated work. These include:

A macro package for a much enhanced LaTeX "picture mode". Requires driver support for tpic \specials. Some drawing programs such as xfig can write their output as eepic macros.
A redefinition of commands in the picture environment
An enhancement of LaTeX’s picture mode to improve curve drawing.
there is also a reference manual.
There are examples in the directory generic/texdraw/.
Extend LaTeX picture drawing environment using PostScript \specials.
Multiple boxes in pictures.
a set of macros for performing fancy twiddles using PostScript, such as drawing of geometrical objects, diagrams, fancy boxes, grayscales, etc. There is a User Guide ( part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4), a quick reference card, and lots of documentation in the doc/generic/pstricks directory. Documents inside the obsolete directory, including the manual and reference card, are indeed obsolete but still useful. See also the Pstricks web pages by Denis Girou and Herbert Voss. Several additions to Pstricks are available:
Various additions to the Pstricks macros.
3d plotting.
3d grids.
3d views.
Blurred shadows.
Electric circuits.
Filling and tiling.
Simulating a lens over a graphic.
Extra mathematical functions.
Oscilloscope screenshots.
Polygonal shapes.
Color gradient extensions.
UML diagrams.
GO diagrams.
a development of Donald Knuth’s METAFONT program which produces PostScript rendition of fonts, diagrams, etc., rather than bitmapped versions. Documentation includes a manual and a guide to plotting graphs using METAPOST.
Macros for drawing "tree" diagrams.
This package defines the overpic environment for overlaying a picture environment on top of an included graphic defined by an includegraphics command. Examples in opic-abs.tex and opic-rel.tex.
Commutative diagrams using an adaptative grid and variable arrows. Source example available.
Tree like structures with words on nodes.

LaTeX Packages

Alternative classesDocument structureFormatting toolsPage layoutDocument appearanceTablesFloatsFontsMathematicsLanguagesAlternative Doc TypesPackage programmingUtilities

The main LaTeX classes included with the core distribution are article, book, report, letter and slides. They are describeb in LaTeX, a document preparation system.

LaTeX packages offer additional control and alternatives to the visual appearance and formatting of LaTeX documents. Many are described in The LaTeX Companion. The majority of packages included in teTeX are listed below. Many more have been written to provide additional capabilities and are available for download from the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network servers, abbreviated to CTAN (locate a nearby CTAN node). Here is the Catalogue of packages available from CTAN. LaTeX itself and most of these packages are released under the LaTeX Project Public License.

Alternative classes and bundles

Most additional LaTeX classes and bundles listed in the following sections have a narrow scope and try to solve a very specific problem. A few try to offer full alternatives with respect to document design to the main LaTeX classes. Two examples with such a generic nature:

Provides drop-in replacements for the standard classes but also additional packages usable with LaTeX or KOMA-script classes. Inspired by german typographical traditions.
A bundle by Peter Wilson of some of his packages and other material allowing page, chapter and caption styles, typewriter appearance, facilities aimed at e-books,...

A large number of publishers of scientific books and journals provide their own latex styles, some of these under licenses that allow using them freely. Two such cases are included in teTeX:

amsmath, amsfonts, amsart, amsbook, amsproc...
The American Mathematical Society AMS-Math (AMS-LaTeX) packages (see the Mathematics section below and the online FAQ).
From the American Physical Society. Check the webpage and the documents included with teTeX.

Document Structure

Page references to external documents.
"Intelligent" page references.
Reference the number of pages in your LaTeX document (as in a page footer that says: Page N of M).
Reference the total number of pages in your dvi document.
Create hypertext documents in dvi, postscript or PDF form. Contents listings, references, bibliographic citations and URLs are converted to hyperlinks.
The dinbrief document class (in German).
The german and ngerman document classes.
Dutch document classes.
Package to add a mini-"table of contents" to each chapter. Example 1, example 2.
Customize the sectioning format of a document.
A different implementation of the LaTeX indexing commands. An example is included.
Extra options for the abstract, e.g. a one column abstract in a 2 column document.
Provides extra facilities for typesetting appendices.
Macros to customize sectional headings (section, chapter, etc.)
Customize the table of contents or lists of figures or tables.
Add document elements such as a bibliography or index to the table of contents.
Test file for customizable comments using comment.sty.

Formatting Tools

Upright lower case greek letters.
Define commands that don’t eat spaces.
A more robust implementation of the verbatim environment.
An extension to the verbatim package that can handle TAB expansion, can number lines in an included file, can produce boxed verbatims, etc.
A comprehensive and customizable re-implementation of the verbatim environment. Allows specification of fonts, colours, etc., line numbering, framing, TAB handling and conditional processing.
An extension to fancyvrb.
Adds an optional argument to the enumerate environment which determines the style in which the counter is printed.
Intelligent spacing around commas which corrects problems when the comma is used as a decimal separator.
\usepackage{comma} defines the command \commaform{number} which typesets number with a comma every third digit. If you want something other than a comma, for instance a thin space, or a full word space, redefine \commaformtoken for instance \renewcommand\commaformtoken{\,}.
Indent first paragraph after section header.
This package is for typesetting computer programs and algorithms. There is an example in program-demo.tex.
Package to support fitting of text to a given width of height by scaling the font.
Typeset HTML (i.e., World Wide Web documents) directly from LaTeX.
Allows the inclusion of plain tex markup in a LaTeX document. It defines the LaTeX environment plain which is used to enclose the plain tex to be included.
An alternative to BibTeX included in the AMS classes allowing typesetting of bibliographic entries directly from LaTeX with records in a format similar to the one used in BibTeX .bib files. Extra documentation in the latex/amscls directory.
Customizable citations. Can do almost any variant of numerical or author-date style citations. There’s also a quick reference.
Citations as footnotes.
Insert formatted bibliographic references inline in the text.
Typeset lists within paragraphs.
MDW tools
A collection of packages written by Mark Wooding including the next five entries. Documentation for other components can be found in the appropriate section in this document.
Various list related environments. There is a more versatile description environment, and some stuff for making compacted lists (with no extra space between items).
A complete ground-up rewrite of LaTeX’s tabular and array environments. Has lots of advantages over the standard version, and over the version in array.sty.
Provides commands for saving executing footnotes.
A bunch of macros for doing verbatim things.
A load of commands for describing syntax. There is an environment for typesetting BNF grammars.
Make sure all acronyms used are spelt out at least once.
Improved control over hyphenation.
Provides commands and environments for setting ragged text which are easy to configure to allow hyphenation.
Package for preparing tables of nomenclature or glossaries.
Macros for typesetting SI units.
Typesetting of physical/metric units.
Unifying typographical conventions for measurement units in text and formulas.
Typeset text in a spaced-out or underlined fashion.
Underlining styles.
Allows defining framed or shaded regions that can be divided between different pages. The shaded environment requires the color package and the definition of shadecolor, e.g., \definecolor{shadecolor}{gray}{.9}.
Allows dropped capitals at the beginning of a paragraph in different styles and adjustements. A demo file is available.
A source code printer.
Numbering using letters.
Subnumbering as in 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d.
A more versatile way to indicate author names and affiliations.
A macro to typeset paragraphs in a specific shape. Check the same directory for examples and a shape generating python script.
Macros to typeset the names of the TeX and METAFONT programs.
Typesetting URLs, e.g., \url{http://www.tug.org/}.
French guillemets («») in several fonts.

Page Layout

Customize page layout (page sizes) using an easy and flexible user interface. Example sample.tex generates a testpage.
Support for sophisticated control of page headers and footers in LaTeX2e. It supercedes fancyheadings.
Customize footnote numbering, style and presentation.
Allows footnotes on individual pages to be numbered from 1, rather than being numbered sequentially through the document.
\usepackage{nopageno} suppresses all page numbering including that on title and frontmatter pages.
The chappg package causes pages to be numbered in the style chapter-pagenumber. So the pages of chapter 3 will be numbered 3-1, 3-2, ..., and the pages of appendix B will be numbered B-1, B-2, ...
Generate a test page showing the page layout.
Draw display of page layout parameters.
Rescales an entire document by 1.414 for photographic reduction.
Another package to set page sizes. Superceded by geometry.
Improves some deficiencies in LaTeX’s built-in two column output.
Corrects some anomalies of \marginpar.
LaTeX package to mix single and multiple columns. Allows you to shift between two and one columns anywhere.
Typeset tables of contents and lists of figures and tables in multi-column mode.
Customize placement of footnotes in two column documents.
Insert pictures into paragraphs. (NOTE: Piet van Oostrum does not recommend this package. Picins is recommended instead.)
Insert pictures into paragraphs.
Environment to rotate text, figures etc. There are examples, as LaTeX source and dvi or PostScript output.
Wrap text around a figure or table.
This package makes it easy to add some picture commands to every page.
A pdflatex macro package for inclusion of external document pdf pages.
Extends LaTeX classes from the traditional 10pt, 11pt or 12pt text to 8pt, 9pt, 14pt, 17pt, or 20pt text needed in special circunstances.
A package to fully use a page leaving minimal margins.
An alternative way for dealing with paper sizes and margins.
Absolute positioning on the page. Useful for posters.
Allows changing page layout in the middle of a document.
Allows changes between portrait and landscape.
Double, one and a half spacing, any line spacing...
No parindent, some parskip.
Provides additional \clearpage like commands, allowing such things as clearing to the next even numbered page without flushing floats.

Modifying document appearance

Print label, ref, cite and bib keys.
Print \label arguments or equation numbers in margin at point of definition.
Add "change bars" in a document margin using dvi \specials.
Print crop marks.
Overprint DRAFT on each page of document to indicate draft copy. The directory latex/draftcopy/ has a number of examples.
Sets some new counters for section selection.
Allows marking of preliminary versions of a document in the output.
Support of thumbnails with pdfTeX, plain/LaTeX formats.
Expands sectioning commands to allow replacing bookmarks in pdf documents if section titles are not suitable for that purpose.
Output a subset of the pages in the document.
Adjusting the anchor point of captions when using hyperref.


An extended implementation of the array and tabular environments which implements options to format columns.
Support for tables longer than a page.
Add delimiters (parentheses, etc.) around arrays.
A multi-page tables package.
Another multi-page tables package extending supertabular.
Align on the decimal point of numbers in tabulars.
Better horizontal lines in tabulars and arrays.
Tabulars that widen automatically.
Longtable combined with tabularx.
Add colour to LaTeX tables.
A package to lay out tables in high-quality (according to the author’s opinion) book form.
Typeset a box with a diagonal divider for table headings.
A new and experimental way of dealing with arrays.
Tables with captions and notes.
Make an entry that will span multiple rows of a table.
Modifies the array and tabular of LaTeX to keep text from touching other text or lines.


Floats are environments like figure and table which move text, etc., around in the document.

Implements a command that causes the commands specified in its argument to be expanded after the current page is output. Useful to flush floats, for example
Improves the interface for defining floating objects such as figures and tables. Introduces the boxed float and the ruled float.
subfig (and subfigure)
Figures divided into subfigures. Due to lack of full backward compatibility of subfig, relatively to the currently obsolete and differently named version (subfigure), both are available. In new documents use subfig. Examples for subfig in the same directory.
Place all figures on pages by themselves at the end of the document.
Keeps floats "in their place", preventing them from floating past a \FloatBarrier command into another section.
Extend caption capabilities for figures and tables, such as the caption width, style, font.
Commands for continuation captions, unnumbered captions, and a legend heading for any environment.
Defines new LaTeX environments called SCfigure and SCtable (analogous to figure and table), to typeset captions sideways. leftcaption and rightcaption.
Float text around figures and tables which do not span the full width of a page. This is an improved version of floatfig. Examples, latex source, precursor package floatfig.
Combines rotating package with enhanced float facilities of float. Examples: LaTeX source and output.
A package to put figures and tables at the end of an article.

Fonts and Supporting Packages

In addition to the preinstalled fonts, see the section on using fontinst to install new fonts, especially PostScript Type 1 fonts and the font naming conventions.

A package collection providing the LaTeX2e font selection scheme for standard Postscript fonts. Includes how to invoke several styles using standard Postscript fonts (Times, Helvetica, Palatino,...) and some free fonts (Charter, Utopia, Pazo) instead of the cm font family.
Latin Modern (LM)
A pre-release version of the Latin Modern family of Postscript type 1 fonts wich extentends the CM family with lots of additional (mainly accented) characters.
A set of virtual fonts designed to be a close approximation to a T1-encoded set based on the CM fonts. This should make it possible to use the existing Type1 versions of the CM fonts to produce PDF files even when one needs hyphenation patterns other than English. See also aecompl
Print a sample of a font.
Emulation of LaTeX 2.09 low-level font commands, eg \tenrm.
LaTeX with a mix of the standard Postscript fonts. Available as a package or a command.
Typeset a LaTeX2e document with the Concrete fonts designed by Don Knuth and used in his book Concrete Mathematics.
LaTeX font definition files for the Concrete fonts and a LaTeX package for typesetting documents using Concrete as the default font family.
Use the "Computer Modern bright" font family.
Y&Y support
teTeX contains support for several font families from Y&Y. Such fonts are not a part of teTeX and must be purchased separately. Support packages include:
Support for the Mathtime fonts. Note that if you really want to use the mathtime fonts you need to reverse the change described in the belleek fonts README file.
Support for the Mathtime and MathtimePlus fonts.
Support for the Lucida Bright fonts. See also lucida.
Support for the texnansi encoding as used by default in the Y&Y TeX system. There is also an option to support the ansinew encoding that is the default encoding in Microsoft Windows.
teTeX includes the belleek fonts as a drop-in replacement for the mathtime fonts.
This package declares the macros \j and \jmath to insert a dotless j in text and math mode.
Provides dotless i’s and j’s for use in any math font.
LaTeX package and font definition file to access the Knuthian logo fonts described in The MetaFontbook and the MetaFont and MetaPost logos in LaTeX documents.
Concrete Math fonts
A set of math fonts for use with Donald Knuth’s concrete text fonts.
This package simply includes the beton and euler packages for an approximation of the style in Concrete Mathematics.
A package for using the Text Companion fonts in math mode. (For example to get an upright "mu".)
Allows the use of Computer Modern fonts at arbitrary type sizes instead of the usual discrete magsteps.
Makes available the \scalefont command to scale the current font and baselineskip.
Several ways to rescale fonts.
A LaTeX interface to the old-german fonts designed by Yannis Haralambous.
German handwriting fonts.
This package defines LaTeX commands to insert the symbols in the wasysym font set.
The "St Mary’s Road" symbol fonts.
The Martin Vogel symbol fonts.
Provides an mTT encoding for the Computer Modern Typewriter font, which solves lots of messy problems.
The mathpazo fonts and style. This allows mixing the Palatino font for text with suitable fonts in formulas.
Another fonts and style package centered on Palatino for roman text, Helvetica for sans serif, extra or modified fonts for math,..., offering a full alternative to the use of the cm font family.
Another fonts and style package centered on Times for roman text,..., offering a full alternative to the use of the cm font family.
Greek text fonts.
An officially looking euro currency symbol. Typeset the documentation for testing.
Micro typographic adjustements with pdflatex. A test file is included.

For special purpose math fonts see also the next section.

Mathematics including AMS extensions

A very useful guide to the American Mathematical Society extensions to LaTeX is provided in Chapter 8 of The LaTeX Companion, 2nd edition (table of contents).

User guide for AMS-LaTeX as implemented in the amsmath package. Also see the documents in the directory latex/amsmath/.
amsart, amsbook, amsproc
Instructions for the AMS classes used in its journals and monographs. Templates are available for articles, books and proceedings.
Enhancements to the theorem environments, giving more choice in theorem layout.
Additional enhancements to the theorem environments, including endmark placement and creation of theorem lists.
An alternative theorem package which is part of the AMS classes and is different from the theorem package above providing several useful enhancements. A test file (source, output) is available.
Documentation for the AMS mathematical font set. See also the package documentation, the bug list and the frequently-asked questions list.
Visual markup extensions to amsmath.
Additional extensions and improvements to amsmath.
The right way to make bold mathematical symbols.
Blackboard variant fonts for Computer Modern, with LaTeX support.
Double stroke fonts designed to be similar to Computer Modern.
Double-stroke maths fonts. Declares the macro \mathds{} to use double-stroke roman fonts. Package option sans uses sans-serif version.
Various extensions for mathematical accents.
Provides a setup for using the AMS Euler family of fonts for math in LaTeX documents.
Use the Euler Fraktur symbols.
Substitute the usual math calligraphic characters with Euler script equivalents.
This package defines the command \mathscr{ABC} which typesets symbols such as Hamiltonians using the Ralph Smith Formal Script (rsfs) calligraphic fonts.
User guide for AMS-TeX (the original plain TeX mathematics package). See also the errata for its manual, The Joy of TeX.
Left sub and superscripts in mathematical mode. Their vertical position is adjusted according to the height of the symbol they precede.
Uppercase greek letters in italics inside formulas.
A collection of mathematical environments with a theme of aligning things in columns.
Contains a few trivial definitions for mathematical things. The main thing is that the \sqrt command for doing square roots has been improved.
Generalization of a number of integral signs using cm fonts.

Multilingual LaTeX

This package supports multilingual documents in many languages. Some articles on babel that appeared in TUGBoat: tb1202, tb1401, tb1604.
Polish support. See also html documentation.
Styles supporting polish typographical conventions.
Esperanto support in LaTeX. See other files in the same directory.
Allows use of 8-bit character sets in source documents.
Package for using cyrillic fonts.
Another font encoding for Cyrillic.
MLTeX is a modification of TeX version that allows the hyphenation of words with accented letters using ordinary Computer Modern (CM) fonts. There are instructions on how to use MLTeX’ \charsubdef extension with LaTeX.

Additional or alternative "document" types

A LaTeX style for presentations using a projector or transparencies. Besides the userguide look at the contents of the examples and solutions (templates) directories.
A LaTeX style for overhead transparencies and notes. Example 1, Example 2. List of frequently asked questions. List of known bugs.
Style for preparing examination papers.
Style for preparing curriculum vitae. A test file is included.
A package for making sticky labels in LaTeX.
Package for creating "text merges" (like wordprocessor mail merge letters) in LaTeX. The directory latex/textmerg contains examples.

Programming, Package Authoring

Allows you to use ‘@’ as a sort of "command-introducing" character, a bit like ‘\’ is already.
Provides a TeX programmer’s utility \doafter <token> <group> which does the <token> after the group is complete, including any \aftergroup things.
Defines if/then/else macros for conditional text.
Package for infix arithmetic notation in LaTeX.
Fixed-point arithmetic package for TeX and LaTeX
Provides support for writing keyword-style arguments to packages. Used by graphics.
A "programmer’s toolkit" for package writers.
Implementation of an error handler for "file-not-found" errors.
Enhanced register-allocation macros.
Literate Programming for package writers -- The combined LaTeX package-code/documentation suite.
Package to build stripped-down version of package files for speed.
This package provides hooks into the NFSS command \selectfont called \EverySelectfont and \AtNextSelectfont analogous to \AtBeginDocument.
This package defines a new command \EveryShipout analogous to \AtBeginDocument.
Macros to interact with sectional divisions of standard LaTeX classes.
Enables macros with two optional arguments.
Programming tools used in the mh bundle which also includes empheq and mathtools.
Allows class writers to force their users to use the environments provided by the amsmath package instead of plain or standard LaTeX math environments.


Improves LaTeX error messages with respect to environments which are accidentally left open.
Make a format from the preamble of any LaTeX file.
Shorthand commands for all the text symbols produced in LaTeX by non-letter ligatures.
A switch to deal with commands specific to pdf output.

Ancillary Programs

Bibtex Makeindex Dvips Dvipdfm Dvipng Epstopdf Xdvi Texinfo


bibtex is a separate program for managing databases of bibliographic references and selecting for citation in a LaTeX document. It is described in Appendix B of LaTeX: a Document Preparation System and chapter 13 of The LaTeX Companion and online in the documents entitled BibTexing and Designing BibTeX Styles.

The latter document, Designing BibTeX Styles is a guide to customizing the format of the reference list. The non-expert may find it more useful to use the ancillary program makebst which semi-automates the design of a new bibliography style.

natbib is a LaTeX package which allows customization of the citation style in the text (rather than the format of the reference list). It works with almost all bibliography styles, even those which define their own citation macros.

Additional capabilities are provided by the bibunits package which allows defining separate bibliographies for different document parts or multibib which allows referencing multiple bibliographies.

Usage of BibTeX can also be adpted to other ends. A LaTeX style for address databases using BibTeX is also included.


The makeindex program which provides facilities for generating an index is described in the documents Index Preparation and Processing and the Makeindex user guide.


The full documentation for the dvips DVI -> PostScript translator. N.B. The advice concerning including PostScript graphics has been superceded by the standard LaTeX2e graphics package.

Type I versions of the computer-modern fonts are used by default when invoking dvips in teTeX. Command arguments such as -Pcmz or -Pamz are no longer needed. Type 1 fonts are scaleable so the resulting PostScript does not include bitmapped fonts and is therefore resolution-independent. This is very useful if the postscript is to be scaled up or down or the final destination printer is not known.


A dvi to pdf translator with extra features and its documentation. Web page at http://gaspra.kettering.edu/dvipdfm/.


A fast dvi to png converter. Developed within the preview-latex project. Information on using dvipng is available from its unix "man" page. Use man dvipng to read it.


The epstopdf program converts *.eps files to *.pdf preserving page size and coordinates. Use man epstopdf to read the unix "man" page.


A dvi viewer. The online documentation for xdvi is available as a unix "man" page. Use man xdvi to read it.


Texinfo is a macro package for TeX used by the GNU system for producing manuals in different formats including the online info system and printed manuals. Also included is texi2html which will convert texinfo files to html.

Man pages

Unix man pages included with teTeX range from being little more than a pointer to other documentation to being the main or sometimes unique source of information about a given application. For reference, a full list follows.


A few of these are also available using the info system.

On a terminal window type man application_name (or info application_name) followed by <return> as appropriate. If a man page number appears more than once in the above list you may need to use man section application_name where section refers to what is indicated inside ().

Other sources of Information

Here are some other useful sources of information on LaTeX, TeX and related programs on the World-Wide Web.

Your local installation may have details about local additions at $TEXMFLOCAL/doc or by accessing this page with the ?local=yes modifier.

Last update: February 05, 2005, 02h 00m WET.

Originally by Keith Refson. Currently maintained by Joćo P Matos.