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DVIPOS(1)                           ConTeXt                          DVIPOS(1)

       dvipos - compute positions in a DVI file

       dvipos [ OPTION... ] infile[.dvi]

       dvipos  parses a DVI file looking for pos: specials.  It currently recognizes pos:pxy, pos:pxywhd, pos:pxyplus,
       pos:begbox, pos:endbox, pos:beglines, and pos:endlines.  It then outputs the information  from  those  specials
       along  with  information  that  only a DVI postprocessor could determine, such as the current x and y location.
       The output looks like:
       and is suitable for including in a tex(1) or pdftex(1) auxilliary file, such as document.tuo, to be read in  by
       the next run of the tex(1) or similar typesetting engine.

       -h, --help
              print usage.

       -W, --warning
              print warnings.

       -v, --verbose
              print verbose output.

       -d, --debug
              print dvitype(1) debugging data.

       -s, --smashchars
              regard height and depth as zero.

       -o, --output=FILE
              send all output to FILE.  Without this option, output goes to stdout.

       -b, --bbox[=FILE]
              send bounding box to FILE (default FILE is infile.pos).

       -f, --framed[=BASE]
              request copy of DVI file, BASE.dvi, with bounding boxes framed (default FILE is infile_frames.dvi).  See
              the --framesize option.

       -m, --mag=INT
              override tex(1) magnification by INT.

       -w, --framesize=INT
              set frame rule size by INT (default 6554 = .1pt).

       -p, --pages=X:Y
              set page ranges from X to Y.

       dvipos is run mostly behind the scenes by ConTeXt's texexec(1) between runs of tex(1) or pdftex(1), in order to
       provide information to and get information about positional graphics.  These graphics are provided by the Meta-
       Fun interface to mpost(1).  dvipos is not used (or needed) in PDF-output mode  but  is  needed  for  DVI-output
       mode.  pdftex(1) starting with version 1.40 can produce position information even in DVI mode, so once the Con-
       TeXt macros take advantage of this feature, the need for dvipos will fade.

       Until then, here is a typical use of dvipos:
          dvipos notes.dvi
       The position information that is output is collected by texexec(1) to include in the notes.tuo auxilliary  file
       to use in the next run.

       Extract positions from doc.dvi, with output to doc.loc:
              dvipos -o doc.loc doc.dvi

       Same as above, but also send bbox information to doc.pos:
              dvipos -b -o doc.loc doc.dvi

       Instead send bbox information to /tmp/debug.pos:
              dvipos -b=/tmp/debug.pos -o doc.loc doc.dvi

       dvips(1), dvitype(1), mpost(1), pdftex(1), tex(1), texexec(1).

       For    more    about   positional   graphics,   see   the   MetaFun   documentation   on   the   ConTeXt   wiki

       If you specify a file for the -b option, you must join the option and name with rather than (the  more  common)
          dvipos -b=/tmp/debug.pos notes.dvi
       works, but
          dvipos -b /tmp/debug.pos notes.dvi
       does not.

       dvipos  is  written by Jin-Hwan Cho <>.  It is free software (GPLv2 or later).  This manpage
       was written by Sanjoy Mahajan <> and is in the public domain.

dvipos 20070107 (KPATHSEA)       January 2007                        DVIPOS(1)