PubliC (e)TeX/METAFONT/MetaPost, and the Dos-TP implementations of the
utilities (for MS Dos, in Turbo Pascal)
This distribution consists of quite a few .zip files grouped as follows:
EXExxx precompiled programs
RUNxxx documentation plus a few support files
where xxx indicates the components (individual programs or groups of
You will always need the RUNxxx files for whatever components you
select to install. In addition, if you have a Turbo Pascal compiler
(Version 5.0, 5.5, 6.0, or 7.0) and want to compile the programs ---
possibly with some parameter values modified --- you need the SRCxxx
files. Otherwise, if you can't or don't want to compile the programs
yourself, you need the EXExxx files.
You can choose from the following components more or less independently
(where yyy is SRC, EXE, or RUN):
yyyDOSTP basic support, includes a utility program dostpqry that
allows to interrogate the Dos-TP file search mechanism.
Always required, SRCDOSTP required for all SRCxxx.
SRCASM sources for various assembler subroutines (mainly for TeX,
METAFONT, and MetaPost). In order to generate the .obj
files from their sources you need a suitable assembler
(preferably tasm, masm might work as well). All .obj
files are contained in SRCDOSTP, thus SRCASM is optional!
yyyWEB web system programs tangle and weave;
yyyPATCH slightly modified version of tangle and weave plus
patchtgl, patchweb, and patchwve.
WEB or PATCH required for all SRCxxx,
PATCH required for SRCETEX.
yyyTEXWA TeXware programs dvitype, patgen, pltotf, pooltype, and
Required for (e)trip and (m)trap tests.
yyyMFWAR MFware programs gftodvi, gftopk, gftype, mft, and pktype.
Required in order to generate PK fonts and for trap test.
yyyMPWAR MPware programs mptotex, dvitomp, and makempx.
Required by MetaPost.
yyyVFWAR programs related to virtual font (VF) files.
yyyFONTU font conversion utilities (to and from PK format).
yyyTEX TeX (virtex and initex).
RUNTEX required for e-TeX, SRCTEX required for SRCETEX.
yyyETEX e-TeX (evirtex and einitex).
yyyMETAF METAFONT (virmf and inimf).
yyyMETAP MetaPost (virmp and inimp).
2. Installation and the TeX Directory Structure (TDS)
Let <texmf> denote the root of the TDS as described in the draft `A
Directory Structure for TeX Files' --- typically 'c:\texmf' or similar.
And let <zipdir> be the directory where the .zip files are located.
Make <texmf> the current directory (on the current drive) and unpack all
the .zip files, e.g., by the commands (from the command line, or replace
'%i' by '%%i' in a .bat file):
for %i in (<zipdir>\*.zip) do unzip -o %i
3. Generating the Programs from their Sources
All SRCxxx file are installed in the directory <texmf>\dostp\<src>
(where <src> is 'src22' for Dos-TP Version 2.2) and its subdirectories.
In order to generate any of the programs you should change to the source
In that directory and its subdirectories there exists a system of MK.BAT
batch files that provide a Unix make like functionality. You first have
to configure them, in order to
* tell them the location of your Turbo Pascal compiler TPC.EXE,
* optionally tell them the name and location of your assembler,
* select which among the installed components you want to generate
and which tests you want to run on them. E.g., in order to
generate e-TeX you must install SRCTEX and SRCETEX. It is,
however, up to you whether you select to generate TeX and e-TeX or
and answer all questions. After that you can use:
mk to generate all selected programs
mk test to run all selected tests
mk trip just the trip test for TeX
mk etrip just the etrip test for e-TeX
mk trap just the trap test for METAFONT
mk mtrap just the mtrap test for MetaPost
mk install to install the generated programs
mx testx to run some additional tests (see below)
mk clean to remove most temporary files
mk realclean to remove all temporary files
You can rerun 'mk config' at any time, you must rerun it after
All files created by 'mk' are in the <texmf>\dostp\tmp directory, they
are moved to their destination by 'mk install' and most are deleted by
All files created by 'mk test(x)' are in the <texmf>\dostp\tmp
directory, most of them are deleted when a test has succeeded. Whereas
most tests (those made by 'mk test') can be performed before or after
the programs are installed (the executables are sought first in the
<texmf>\dostp\tmp and then in the <texmf>\dostp\bin directory), some
other tests (those made by 'testx') can only be performed successfully
after the programs have been installed and the small executables 'tex'
and 'mf' have been configured to invoke virtex/virmf with the plain
format/base (see below) and are ready to be executed.
4. Configuring your System
4.1. The Dos-TP Configuration File
You might wish to modify the Dos-TP configuration file
<texmf>\dostp\texmf.cnf that contains the file search paths for various
classes of input files. You may also want to keep a copy of that
modified file, since the original file gets replaced by the standard one
during the installation procedure.
4.2. (e)TeX, METAFONT, and MetaPost
You should use the TeXMFcnf utility in the <texmf>\dostp directory to
configure small executable files such as 'tex', 'plaintex', 'latex',
etc. that invoke (e)virtex/virmf/virmp with a suitable default
texmfcnf tex - tex % use format from input file (or plain)
texmfcnf tex plain plaintex % use `plain' format
texmfcnf etex - e-tex % use format from input file (or plain)
texmfcnf etex etex etex % use `etex' format
texmfcnf mf - mf % use base from input file (or plain)
texmfcnf mf plain plainmf % use `plain' base
texmfcnf mf cm cmmf % use `cm' base
texmfcnf mp - mp % use mem from input file (or plain)
texmfcnf mp plain plainmp % use `plain' mem
5. Running the Programs
All executables are in the <texmf>\dostp\bin directory, therefore you
should add it to your Dos path. You SHOULD NOT, however, move all the
executables from the <texmf>\dostp\bin directory to another directory
already in the Dos path; this will most probably fail.
All programs accept command line parameters, the <texmf>\dostp\doc
directory contains detailed desriptions.
In order to generate (e)TeX formats, METAFONT bases, and MetaPost mems
run (e)INITEX, INIMF, or INIMP from the <texmf>\dostp\ini directory,
initex -cec850 plain.itx
einitex -cec850 -fetex *etex.src \dump
inimf -cec850 plain.imf
inimf &plain cm.imf
inimp -cec850 plain.imp
You might have to get many (La)TeX, METAFONT and MetaPost source
files and place them into the TDS tree, e.g., from one of the CTAN
archives. If you wish to generate fonts, you can then, e.g., say:
mf \mode=ibmtont; mag=1; scrollmode; input logo8
gftopk logo8 <texmf>\fonts\pk\ibmtont\public\mflogo\dpi100\
cmmf \mode=cx; mag=1.2; scrollmode; input cmss8
gftopk cmss8 <texmf>\fonts\pk\cx\public\cm\dpi360\
***** Happy TeXing *****
--- Peter Breitenlohner (firstname.lastname@example.org) ------------ 06 Sep 98 ---