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TFTOPL(1)		    General Commands Manual		     TFTOPL(1)

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

       tftopl [OPTIONS]	tfm_name[.tfm] [pl_name[.pl]]

       This  manual page is not	meant to be exhaustive.	 The complete documen-
       tation 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 specifies how	character codes	are output  in
	      the PL file.  By default,	only letters and digits	are output us-
	      ing 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	corre-
	      spond to graphic characters, besides the left and	 right	paren-
	      theses,  are  output in ASCII.  Finally, if format is octal, all
	      character	codes are output in octal.

	      Without this option, tftopl operates silently.  With it, a  ban-
	      ner and progress report are printed on stdout.

       Donald E. Knuth,	TeX for	nroffware.
       Donald  E.  Knuth, The Metafontbook (Volume C of	Computers and Typeset-
       ting), 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.

Web2C 2015		       17 December 1994			     TFTOPL(1)


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