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PLTOTF(1) General Commands Manual PLTOTF(1)


pltotf - convert property list files to TeX font metric (tfm) format


pltotf [-verbose] pl_file_name[.pl] [tfm_file_name[.tfm]]


This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual Web2C: A TeX implementation.

The pltotf program translates a (human-oriented) property list file to a (program-oriented) TeX font metric file. Thus, after editing the property list file, a TFM file can be generated for use with, for example, tex(1).

The pl_file_name is extended with .pl if it lacks a suffix. No path searching is done.

If no tfm_file_name is given, the basename of pl_file_name with suffix .tfm is used; otherwise tfm_file_name is extended with .tfm if it lacks a suffix.


Without the -verbose option, pltotf operates silently. With it, a banner and progress report are printed on stdout.


Donald E. Knuth, TeXware.
Donald E. Knuth, The Metafontbook, (Volume C of Computers and Typesetting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13445-4.


Donald E. Knuth wrote the program. It was published as part of the TeXware technical report, available from the TeX Users Group. Howard Trickey, Pavel Curtis, and Richard Furuta originally ported it to Unix.

16 June 2015 Web2C 2022