texconfig - configures teTeX or TeX Live
texconfig-sys - configures teTeX or TeX Live system-wide
2. SYNOPSIS ▲
texconfig [ commands ...]
3. DESCRIPTION ▲
texconfig allows one to configure and maintain TeX in an easy and convenient manner, offering a series of dialog boxes to the user. After choosing 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 TEXMFCONFIG tree.
texconfig uses either the whiptail (1) or dialog (1) program to communicate with the user, so must be run in a terminal.
For making 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.
texconfig also offers a non-interactive batch mode which can be accessed with the following commands
4. 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.
conf 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
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 given.
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
lpr. See the description of the o option in
info dvips or the -O option in
Display the list of Frequently Asked Questions about
teTeX (and their answers).
font vardir DIR, font ro, font ro
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 /usr/share/doc/tex-common/.
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 language.dat, 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
xdvi paper PAPER
Set the default paper size for
xdvi. The (long) list is available with
texconfig xdvi paper.
5. ENVIRONMENT ▲
To let you change files,
texconfig will open the editor specified in the VISUAL or EDITOR variables, or
sensible-editor if both are unset.
6. SEE ALSO ▲
whiptail (1), dialog (1), tex (1), mf (1), vi (1), EDITOR environment variable.
7. AUTHOR ▲
Thomas Esser <>