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standalone path lookup and and expansion for kpathsea

see also : mktexlsr - mktexmf - mktexpk - mktextfm


kpsewhich [options] [filenames]

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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 Kpathsea: A library for path searching.

kpsewhich is used as a standalone front-end of the kpathsea library that can be used to examine variables and find files. When the -format option is not given, the search path used when looking for a file is inferred from the name given, by looking for a known extension. If no known extension is found, the search path for TeX source files is used.


kpsewhich accepts the following options:

Set debugging flags.

-D num

Use a base resolution of num; the default, set by the installer, is typically 600.

-dpi num

As -D.

-engine string

Set $engine in the environment, which is used in some search paths.

-expand-braces string

Print variable and brace expansion of string.

-expand-path string

Print complete path expansion of string.

-expand-var string

Print variable expansion of string.

-format name

Use file type name. See the info manual for a list of valid names, or use the -help option to print the list.


Print help message and exit.


Ask for additional filenames to look up.

-mktex fmt

enable mktexfmt generation. (fmt=pk/mf/tex/tfm)

-mode string

Set device name for $MAKETEX_MODE to string; no default.


Search the disk as well as ls-R if necessary.

-no-mktex fmt

disable mktexfmt generation. (fmt=pk/mf/tex/tfm)

-path string

Search in the path string.

-progname string

Set program name to string.

-show-path name

Output search path for file type name. See the info manual for a list of valid names, or use the -help option to print the list.

-var-value variable

Print the expansion of variable.


Print version information and exit.

see also

mktexlsr , mktexmf , mktexpk , mktextfm .

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