+------------------------------------+ | PERLTEX | | By Scott Pakin, firstname.lastname@example.org | +------------------------------------+ Description ----------- PerlTeX is a combination Perl script (perltex.pl) and LaTeX2e style file (perltex.sty) that, together, give the user the ability to define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code. Once defined, a Perl macro becomes indistinguishable from any other LaTeX macro. PerlTeX thereby combines LaTeX's typesetting power with Perl's programmability. Installation ------------ In case it's not obvious, you'll need a Perl installation. Perl is freely available and runs on dozens of platforms. See the list of Perl binary distributions on CPAN (http://www.cpan.org/ports/index.html). Execute "latex perltex.ins" to generate perltex.sty and perltex.pl. Install perltex.sty in an appropriate directory (e.g., /usr/local/share/texmf/tex/latex/misc or C:\localtexmf\tex\latex\misc). perltex.pl is a Perl script. On Unix, you may want to rename it to just "perltex" and set execute permissions ("chmod +x perltex"). On Windows, you may want to create a batch-file wrapper for it ("pl2bat perltex.pl"). In either case, perltex should be installed somewhere in your executable path (e.g., /usr/local/bin). It's not necessary to produce the documentation as PerlTeX comes with prebuilt documentation in PDF format (perltex.pdf). However, if you want to build the documentation yourself (e.g., to use A4 paper instead of U.S. Letter), run "latex perltex.dtx" twice, then "makeindex -s gind.ist perltex.idx" and "makeindex -s gglo.ist perltex.glo -o perltex.gls", then "latex perltex.dtx" again, then "dvips perltex.dvi -o perltex.ps" if you want to produce PostScript. License ------- Copyright (C) 2010 Scott Pakin These files may be distributed and/or modified under the conditions of the LaTeX Project Public License, either version 1.3c of this license or (at your option) any later version. The latest version of this license is in: http://www.latex-project.org/lppl.txt and version 1.3c or later is part of all distributions of LaTeX version 2006/05/20 or later.
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perltex – Define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code
PerlTeX is a combination Perl script (perltex.pl) and LaTeX2ε package (perltex.sty) that, together, give the user the ability to define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code. Once defined, a Perl macro becomes indistinguishable from any other LaTeX macro. PerlTeX thereby combines LaTeX's typesetting power with Perl's programmability. PerlTeX will make use of persistent named pipes, and thereby run more efficiently, on operating systems that offer them (mostly Unix-like systems).
Also provided is a switch to generate a PerlTeX-free, document-specific, noperltex.sty that is useful when distributing a document to places where PerlTeX is not available.
The LaTeX Project Public License|
|Contained in||TeX Live as perltex|
|MiKTeX as perltex|
call external code and process the result|