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TFTOPL(1)                                                            TFTOPL(1)



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

SYNOPSIS
       tftopl [ -charcode-format=format ] [ -verbose ] tfm_name[.tfm] [ pl_name[.pl] ]

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 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  validat-
       ing 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. Like-
       wise, 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.

OPTIONS
       The  argument  format to -charcode-format specifies how character codes are output in the PL file.  By default,
       only letters and digits are output using 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 correspond to graphic characters,  besides  the
       left  and  right parentheses, are output in ASCII.  Finally, if format is octal, all character codes are output
       in octal.

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

SEE ALSO
       pltotf(1),
       Donald E. Knuth, TeX for nroffware.
       Donald  E.  Knuth,  The  Metafontbook  (Volume  C  of  Computers  and  Typesetting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN
       0-201-13445-4.

AUTHORS
       Donald E. Knuth wrote the program. It was published as part of the TeX for nroffware technical  report,  avail-
       able from the TeX Users Group.  Howard Trickey and Pavel Curtis originally ported it to Unix.



Web2C 7.5.6                    17 December 1994                      TFTOPL(1)