configures teTeX or TeX Live system-wide
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allows one to configure and maintain TeX in an easy and
convenient manner, offering a series of dialog boxes to the
tlmgr program has subsumed this function for TeX
Live. This program is still supported, but the tlmgr
interface is much more actively developed and tested.
settings or options, the appropriate files are changed
automatically and the new settings are applied for the user.
If needed, copies of files in TEXMFDIST or
TEXMFMAIN will be made in the user’s
uses either the whiptail(1) or dialog(1)
program to communicate with the user, so must be run in a
system-wide changes, which will apply to all users of TeX
(for example, default paper size and so on), run
texconfig-sys instead. Changed or generated files
will be placed in TEXMFSYSCONFIG. (You may need to be
root to do this.)
Note that on a
Debian system, changes to formats, font setup, hyphenation
for different languages, etc. should not be done with
texconfig, because fmtutil.cnf(5), updmap.cfg(5),
texmf.cnf and language.dat are generated files in
Debian. See TeX-on-Debian.pdf, TeX-on-Debian.txt.gz
or TeX-on-Debian.html/index.html in
/usr/share/doc/tex-common/ for alternatives.
also offers a non-interactive batch mode which can be
accessed with the following commands
Commands that accept further options usually display available
options if called without them. For example, texconfig dvipdfm
paper will inform about valid paper settings.
Display the system configuration.
dvipdfm paper [letter|legal|ledger|tabloid|a4|a3]
Set up dvipdfm to use papersize PAPER by default.
dvips add PRINTERNAME
Create a new (empty) configuration file
TEXMFCONFIG/dvips/config/config.PRINTERNAME. This file can
later be filled with the mode, offset or printcmd
dvips del PRINTERNAME
List available MetaFont modes.
dvips [-P PRINTER] mode MODE
Change the MetaFont mode to MODE for PRINTER or for
all output files (config.ps), if no -P option is
dvips [-P PRINTER] offset x-OFFSET,y-OFFSET
Set printer offset for PRINTER or for all output files
(config.ps), if no -P option is given. Offsets must
be given with units, e.g. 0pt,10pt You can use
testpage.tex from the LaTeX distribution to find these numbers.
dvips [-P PRINTER] printcmd CMD
Set the printing command for PRINTER or for all output
files (config.ps), if no -P option is given.
Commands might be lp or lpr. See the description of
the o option in info dvips or the -O option
Display the list of Frequently Asked Questions about teTeX
(and their answers).
font vardir DIR, font ro, font rw
These options should not be used on a Debian system unless you
really know what you are doing. For details, look at the output
of texconfig fonts and read section 2.5, font caching, in
the TeX-on-Debian documentation in
This command allows to edit fmtutil.cnf(5) and (re)creates
any new or changed formats afterwards. It should not be used on
Debian systems, unless you want to temporarily create and test a
specific format, because fmtutil.cnf(5) is a generated
file in Debian, and changes will be overwritten. See
update-fmtutil for details.
This command allows to edit the hyphenation configuration file
for formats that support this, and recreates the formats
afterwards to enable the new languages. Available formats are
shown when no FORMAT is given.
Note that for formats that use LaTeX’s
e.g. (pdf)jadetex and latex itself, this change is
not persistent, since this file is a generated file. You should
not use this command in these cases, read
update-language(1) for alternatives.
Recreate format or all formats if none is given, and the
font information. This is the same as calling fmtutil --byfmt
format or fmtutil --all, respectively, followed by
List available printer modes, together with the printers they
were developed for, and their DPI resolution
Set the default printer mode in /etc/texmf/web2c/mktex.cnf
or the respective user file in $TEXMFCONFIG/web2c to
Set the default papersize for dvips, dvipdfm, pdftex and
xdvi. The set is restricted because not all programs
understand all sizes.
pdftex paper [a4|letter]
Set the default paper size for pdftex.
xdvi paper PAPER
Set the default paper size for xdvi. The (long) list is
available with texconfig xdvi paper.
To let you change files, texconfig will open the editor
specified in the VISUAL or EDITOR variables, or
sensible-editor if both are unset.
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