verify and translate a packed font bitmap file to plain text
see also :
dvitype - gftopk - gftype
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pixedit ................ xopt
pixmap ................. xopt
pktogf .................. TeX
pktype .................. TeX
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.
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
pk_file on the command line may omit the suffix
’pk. The plain text translation is always written to
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.
pktype looks for pk_file in the usual places
according to Kpathsea.
See tex(1) for the details of the searching.
gftopk , gftype .
Donald E. Knuth et al., Metafontware.
wrote the program, Donald E. Knuth originally ported it to
Unix, Pierre MacKay originally adapted it for compilation