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bundledoc - bundle all the files needed by a LaTeX document


bundledoc [--version] [--help] [--[no]verbose] [--texfile=file] [--directory=directory]
[--[no]localonly] [--exclude=string] [--include=filespec] [--manifest=file]
[--listdeps=[yes|no|only|rel]...] [--[no]keepdirs] [--config=file] .dep file


bundledoc is a post-processor for the snapshot package that bundles together all the
classes, packages, and files needed to build a given LaTeX document. It reads the .dep
file that snapshot produces, finds each of the files mentioned therein, and packages them
into a single archive file (e.g., a .tar.gz file), suitable for moving across systems,
transmitting to a colleague, etc.

As the simplest example possible, consider a LaTeX file called, say, hello.tex:

\RequirePackage{snapshot} % Needed by bundledoc

Hello, world!

The "\RequirePackage{snapshot}" causes a hello.dep file to be produced. When bundledoc is
then given "hello.dep" as an argument, it locates the dependent files -- snapshot.sty,
article.cls, and size11.clo -- and bundles them into a single archive file, along with
hello.tex and a MANIFEST file (described in "OPTIONS", below).


In the following descriptions, somefile refers to the name of your main LaTeX document (no

bundledoc requires the name of the dependency file produced by snapshot (normally
somefile.dep). The following options may also be given:

Output the bundledoc script's version number. This overrides all of the remaining

Give a brief usage message. This overrides all of the remaining options.

--[no]verbose (default: "noverbose")
bundledoc normally does not output anything except error messages. With "--verbose",
it outputs copious status messages.

--texfile=main .tex file (default: somefile.tex)
snapshot's dependency file does not list the main LaTeX file (the one that gets passed
to latex). In order for bundledoc to find and bundle that file, bundledoc assumes it
has the same name as the snapshot dependency file but with a .tex extension. If this
is not the case, then use "--texfile" to specify the correct filename.

--directory=archive directory (default: somefile)
When bundledoc creates an archive (e.g., a .tar or .zip file) containing the
document's files, it puts all of them in a directory to avoid cluttering the current
directory with files. If the given dependency file is called somefile.dep then the
resulting archive will, by default, store all the dependent files in a somefile
directory. To change the directory name use the "--directory" option.

--[no]localonly (default: "nolocalonly")
Although bundledoc normally archives all of the files named in the .dep file, the
"--localonly" option tells bundledoc to exclude all files located in a directory other
than the .tex file's directory or one of its subdirectories.

--exclude=string (default: none)
While "--localonly" causes files outside of the .tex file's directory tree to be
omitted from the archive, "--exclude" provides finer-grained control over files to
omit from the archive. The "--exclude" option, which can be specified repeatedly on
the command line, causes all files whose name contains string to be omitted from the

--include=filespec (default: none)
The "--include" option, which can be specified repeatedly on the command line,
instructs bundledoc to include in the archive all of the files matching filespec, even
if they're not referenced in the .dep file.

--manifest=manifest file (default: MANIFEST)
In addition to the dependent files, bundledoc includes in the archive file one extra
file called, by default, ``MANIFEST''. MANIFEST is a text file that lists the
original filenames of all the dependencies. To change the filename from ``MANIFEST''
to something else, use the "--manifest" option. As a special case, "--manifest="""
tells bundledoc not to include a manifest file at all.

--listdeps=[yes|no|only|rel]...] (default: "no")
"--listdeps" accepts one or more of "yes", "no", "only", or "rel" as a comma-separated
list. As long as "no" does not appear in this list, bundledoc outputs all of the main
LaTeX file's dependencies. If the list contains "rel", then bundledoc outputs the
list of dependencies with relative pathnames. If the list contains "only", then
bundledoc exits after displaying the list, without producing an archive.

--[no]keepdirs (default: "nokeepdirs")
Normally, the archive file that bundledoc produces contains a single directory -- and
subdirectories, if the document refers explicitly to them -- in which all the
dependent files lie. If "--keepdirs" is specified, all the dependent files are stored
with their original pathnames. For example, if somefile.tex depends on
figures/somefigure.eps, article.cls, and snapshot.sty, then the somefile archive will
normally contain the following files:

· somefile/somefile.tex

· somefile/figures/somefigure.eps

· somefile/article.cls

· somefile/snapshot.sty

· somefile/MANIFEST

However, "--keepdirs" will cause the somefile archive to contain the following sorts
of filenames instead:

· home/me/mydocs/somefile.tex

· home/me/mydocs/figures/somefigure.eps

· usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/base/article.cls

· usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/snapshot/snapshot.sty

"--directory" is not used when "--keepdirs" is in effect. In addition, no manifest
file is written to the archive file as it contains redundant information.

--config=configuration file (default: <none>)
The "--config" option is used to point bundledoc to the appropriate configuration
(.cfg) file for your TeX distribution and operating system. bundledoc comes with a
few configuration files and it's easy to write more. See "CONFIGURATION FILES"
(below) for a description of the configuration file format.


Configuration files follow a fairly simple format. Lines beginning with "#" are comments.
Blank lines are ignored. All other lines are of the form:

variable: value

The current version of bundledoc recognizes the following variables:

The command to use to bundle a set of files into a single archive file

The affix to a command to discard its output

The command to find a file within the TeX tree(s).

Values that are too long for one line can be split across multiple lines by using "\" as
the line-continuation symbol.

There are two environment variables that bundledoc makes available for use by
configuration-file commands: "BDBASE", which is set to somefile (as in "OPTIONS"), and
"BDINPUTS", which is set to a space-separated list of files that a command is to operate
upon. That is, when the command associated with "bundle" is running, "BDINPUTS" contains
the list of all the files that are to be archived. In contrast, when the command
associated with "find" is running, "BDINPUTS" contains the name of the file to search for.

The following configuration file parallels bundledoc's default values of the various
configuration-file variables, which represents a kpathsea-based TeX distribution running
on a generic Unix system, which doesn't necessarily have any of the GNU tools, such as
gzip or GNU tar:

# "Default" configuration file
# By Scott Pakin <scott+bdoc@pakin.org>

bundle: (tar -cvf - $BDINPUTS | compress > $BDBASE.tar.Z)
sink: > /dev/null 2>&1
find: kpsewhich -progname=latex $BDINPUTS

The parentheses in the "bundle:" line tell the Unix shell to run the command in a
subshell. This is to make the "sink:" affix work properly (i.e., so there aren't two
">"'s in the same command).

Notice how the commands treat "BDBASE" and "BDINPUTS" like any other environment variables
in a Unix shell, using "$" to take their value. Other operating systems use different
conventions for referring to environment variables. For instance, a configuration file
for a Windows-based TeX distribution would use "%BDBASE%" and "%BDINPUTS%" instead.

The value for "sink:" is specific to an operating system. The value for "find:" is
specific to a TeX distribution. "bundle:" is where the most opportunity for customization
lies. You can use "bundle:" to specify your favorite archive format. For example, you
can produce a shar file on Unix with something like:

bundle: (shar --archive-name="$BDBASE" $BDINPUTS > $BDBASE.sh)

or a CAB file on Microsoft Windows with something like:

bundle: cabarc -r -p N %BDBASE%.cab %BDINPUTS%


Assume that myfile.dep was produced from myfile.tex by following the instructions in the
Description section. The following command produces a .zip file with the MikTeX TeX
distribution running on Microsoft Windows:

bundledoc --config=miktex.cfg myfile.dep

(In practice, it's probably necessary to specify to "--config" the complete path to
bundledoc's miktex.cfg configuration file.)

The following builds a .tar.gz archive with the TeX Live distribution running on a Unix-
like operating system. bundledoc will produce verbose output describing its operations.
All files not in the same directory tree as myfile.tex and all files containing ".fd" or
".sty" in their names are omitted. However, all .bib files in the current directory will
be included in the archive even though none of them are referenced by myfile.dep.
Finally, no MANIFEST file will be produced.

bundledoc --config=texlive-unix.cfg --verbose --localonly \
--exclude=.fd --exclude=.cfg --include="*.bib" --manifest="" \

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