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PKTYPE(1)                                                            PKTYPE(1)



NAME
       pktype - verify and translate a packed font bitmap file to plain text

SYNOPSIS
       pktype pk_file [ output_file ]

DESCRIPTION
       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 pktype program translates a packed font file (pk) (output by, for example, gftopk(1) to a file that  humans
       can  read. It also serves as a pk file-validating program (i.e., if pktype can read it, it's correct) and as an
       example of a pk-reading program for other software that wants to read pk files.

       The pk_file on the command line must be complete. Because the resolution is part of the extension, it would not
       make  sense  to  append  a  default extension as is done with TeX or DVI-reading software. If no output_file is
       specified, the plain text translation is written to standard output.

       The output file gives a compact encoding of the packed encoding, using  conventions  described  in  the  source
       code.  Run  lengths  of black pixels alternate with parenthesized run lengths of white pixels, and brackets are
       used to indicate when a row should be repeated.

ENVIRONMENT
       pktype looks for pk_file using the environment variable PKFONTS.  If that is not set, it uses the variable TEX-
       PKS.  If that is not set, it uses TEXFONTS.  If that is not set, it uses the system default.

       See tex(1) for the details of the searching.

SEE ALSO
       dvitype(1), gftopk(1), gftype(1).
       Donald E. Knuth et al., Metafontware.

AUTHORS
       Tomas  Rokicki  wrote the program.  Donald E. Knuth originally ported it to Unix.  Pierre MacKay adapted it for
       compilation with Web2c.



Web2C 7.5.6                      13 March 1996                       PKTYPE(1)