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convert Texinfo documents to DVI


texi2dvi [OPTION]... FILE...

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Run each Texinfo or (La)TeX FILE through TeX in turn until all cross-references are resolved, building all indices. The directory containing each FILE is searched for included files. The suffix of FILE is used to determine its language ((La)TeX or Texinfo). To process (e)plain TeX files, set the environment variable LATEX=tex.

In order to make texi2dvi a drop-in replacement of TeX/LaTeX in AUC-TeX, the FILE may also be composed of the following simple TeX commands.

the actual file to compile


same as --batch

Makeinfo is used to perform Texinfo macro expansion before running TeX when needed.

General options:
, --batch

no interaction

-D, --debug

turn on shell debugging (set -x)

-h, --help

display this help and exit successfully

-o, --output=OFILE

leave output in OFILE (implies --clean); only one input FILE may be specified in this case

-q, --quiet

no output unless errors (implies --batch)

-s, --silent

same as --quiet

-v, --version

display version information and exit successfully

-V, --verbose

report on what is done

TeX tuning:


use @input instead of \input for preloaded Texinfo


output a DVI file [default]


output a PDF file via DVI (using dvipdf)

-e, -E, --expand

force macro expansion using makeinfo


search DIR for Texinfo files

-l, --language=LANG

specify LANG for FILE, either latex or texinfo


do not pass --file-line-error to TeX

-p, --pdf

use pdftex or pdflatex for processing

-r, --recode

call recode before TeX to translate input


recode from ENC to the @documentencoding


pass --src-specials to TeX

-t, --command=CMD

insert CMD in copy of input file

or --texinfo=CMD

multiple values accumulate


use given charset translation file for TeX

Build modes:

specify the treatment of auxiliary files [local]


same as --build=tidy

-c, --clean

same as --build=clean


specify where the tidy compilation is performed; implies --tidy; defaults to TEXI2DVI_BUILD_DIRECTORY [.]


remove the auxiliary files and directories but not the output

The MODE specifies where the TeX compilation takes place, and, as a consequence, how auxiliary files are treated. The build mode can also be set using the environment variable TEXI2DVI_BUILD_MODE.

Valid MODEs are:

compile in the current directory, leaving all the auxiliary files around. This is the traditional TeX use.


compile in a local *.t2d directory, where the auxiliary files are left. Output files are copied back to the original file.


same as ’tidy’, but remove the auxiliary directory afterwards. Every compilation therefore requires the full cycle.

Using the ’tidy’ mode brings several advantages:


the current directory is not cluttered with plethora of temporary files.


clutter can be even reduced using --build-dir=dir: all the *.t2d directories are stored there.


clutter can be reduced to zero using, e.g., --build-dir=/tmp/$USER.t2d or --build-dir=$HOME/.t2d.


the output file is updated after every succesful TeX run, for sake of concurrent visualization of the output. In a ’local’ build the viewer stops during the whole TeX run.


if the compilation fails, the previous state of the output file is preserved.


PDF and DVI compilation are kept in separate subdirectories preventing any possibility of auxiliary file incompatibility.

On the other hand, because ’tidy’ compilation takes place in another directory, occasionally TeX won’t be able to find some files (e.g., when using \graphicspath): in that case use -I to specify the additional directories to consider.

The values of the BIBTEX, LATEX (or PDFLATEX), MAKEINDEX, MAKEINFO, TEX (or PDFTEX), TEXINDEX, and THUMBPDF environment variables are used to run those commands, if they are set. Any CMD strings are added after @setfilename for Texinfo input, in the first line for LaTeX input.


Copyright © 2008 Free Software Foundation, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

reporting bugs

Email bug reports to <bug-texinfo[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org>, general questions and discussion to <help-texinfo[:at:]gnu[:dot:]org>. Texinfo home page:

see also

The full documentation for texi2dvi is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and texi2dvi programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info texi2dvi

should give you access to the complete manual.

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