PKTYPE(1)                                                            PKTYPE(1)


       pktype - verify and translate a packed font bitmap file to plain text


       pktype pk_file [ output_file ]


       This  manual page is not meant to be exhaustive.  The complete documen-
       tation for this version of TeX can be found in the info file or  manual
       Web2C: A TeX implementation.

       The  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 files.

       The  pk_file  on the command line must be complete. Because the resolu-
       tion is part of the extension, it would not  make  sense  to  append  a
       default  extension  as  is done with TeX or DVI-reading software. If no
       output_file is specified, the plain  text  translation  is  written  to
       standard output.

       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 using the environment  variable  PKFONTS.   If
       that  is  not set, it uses the variable TEXPKS.  If that is not set, it
       uses TEXFONTS.  If that is not set, it uses the system default.

       See tex(1) for the details of the searching.


       dvitype(1), gftopk(1), gftype(1).
       Donald E. Knuth et al., Metafontware.


       Tomas Rokicki wrote the program.  Donald E. Knuth originally ported  it
       to Unix.  Pierre MacKay adapted it for compilation with Web2c.

Web2C 7.5.4                      13 March 1996                       PKTYPE(1)

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