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README for version 3.1415926-1.40.11

This directory contains the version 1.40.11 of pdfTeX, an extended version
of eTeX that can create PDF directly from TeX source files and enhance the
result of TeX typesetting with the help of PDF. When PDF output is not
selected, pdfTeX produces normal DVI output, otherwise it produces PDF
output that looks identical to the DVI output. An important aspect of this
project is to investigate alternative justification algorithms, optionally
making use of multiple master fonts.

pdfTeX is based on the original eTeX sources and Web2c, and has been
successfully compiled on Unix, Win32 and DOS systems. It is no longer
under active development and only bug fixes are to be expected; it produces
reasonable PDF code.

See the file NEWS for changes to the program.

Documentation about pdfTeX can be found at

There is also a mailing list on pdfTeX; go to for more information about it. Its
searchable archive can be found at
Please read before
asking any questions on the pdfTeX mailing list.

A mailing list for the developement of pdfTeX can be found at


pdfTeX is copyright (c) 1996-2010 Han The Thanh, <>

pdfTeX is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the
terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software
Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later

pdfTeX is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY
WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS
FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for more

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along
with pdfTeX; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 51
Franklin Street, Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02110-1301 USA.

pdfTeX uses code from TeX; for these parts the original copyright by Don
Knuth applies. See the source files for details.

pdfeTeX uses code from eTeX; for these parts the original copyright by
Peter Breitenlohner applies. See the source files for details.


Please read and
follow the guidelines there. Then go to the sarovar site of pdfTeX
( and submit your bug report there.
Here you can also report feature requests or patches.


Peter Breitenlohner, Ricardo Sanchez Carmenes, Otfried Cheong, Thomas
Esser, Hans Hagen, Hartmut Henkel, Taco Hoekwater, Pawel Jackowski, Pavel
Janik, Tom Kacvinsky, Akira Kakuto, Reinhard Kotucha, Derek B. Noonburg,
Heiko Oberdiek, Jiri Osoba, Fabrice Popineau, Sebastian Rahtz, Bernd
Raichle, Tomas Rokicki, Leonard Rosenthol, Martin Schr�der, Petr Sojka,
Ralf Utermann, Olaf Weber, Jiri Zlatuska.

Some companies have supported the developement of pdfTeX: Adobe Systems
Inc., ArtCom GmbH, Pragma ADE, QuinScape GmbH.

pdfTeX is built on top of TeX, written by Donald Knuth cum suis (Liang and
so), and eTeX, written by Peter Breitenlohner cum suis; part of the
paragraph optimization is inspired by the work of Hermann Zapf.


Please send bug reports, offers of help, etc. to


Name Notes


Name Size Date Notes
Announcement-1.40.11 2373 2010-11-24 03:16:29
NEWS 35240 2010-11-24 03:16:29
README 3638 2010-11-24 03:16:29 8435124 2010-11-24 03:16:30
793010 2010-11-23 02:24:09 ==> /sys­tems/pdf­tex/man­ual/pdf­tex-a.pdf

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pdf­tex – A TeX ex­ten­sion for di­rect cre­ation of PDF

An ex­ten­sion of TeX which can be con­fig­ured to di­rectly gen­er­ate PDF doc­u­ments in­stead of DVI. All cur­rent free TeX dis­tri­bu­tionsm in­clud­ing TeX live, MacTeX and MiKTeX in­clude pdfTeX (Plain TeX) and pdfLaTeX (LaTeX). ConTeXt was de­signed around use of pdfTeX (though it is now mi­grat­ing to­wards LuaTeX).

Home pagehttp://www.pdf­
Li­censeGNU Gen­eral Public Li­cense
Copy­right1996-2008 Hàn Thế Thành
Main­tainerHàn Thế Thành
the pdfTeX team
Con­tained inTeXLive as pdf­tex
MiKTeX as mik­tex-pdf­tex-bin-2.9
Topics TeX (or TeX-alike) type­set­ting en­gine
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