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kpsewhich - standalone path lookup and and expansion for kpathsea


kpsewhich [options] [filenames]


This manual page is not meant to be exhaustive. The complete documentation for this
version of TeX can be found in the info file or manual Kpathsea: A library for path

kpsewhich is used as a standalone front-end of the kpathsea library that can be used to
examine variables and find files. When the -format option is not given, the search path
used when looking for a file is inferred from the name given, by looking for a known
extension. If no known extension is found, the search path for TeX source files is used.


kpsewhich accepts the following options:

-debug num
Set debugging flags.

-D num Use a base resolution of num; the default, set by the installer, is typically 600.

-dpi num
As -D.

-engine string
Set $engine in the environment, which is used in some search paths.

-expand-braces string
Print variable and brace expansion of string.

-expand-path string
Print complete path expansion of string.

-expand-var string
Print variable expansion of string.

-format name
Use file type name. See the info manual for a list of valid names, or use the
-help option to print the list.

-help Print help message and exit.

Ask for additional filenames to look up.

-mktex fmt
enable mktexfmt generation. (fmt=pk/mf/tex/tfm)

-mode string
Set device name for $MAKETEX_MODE to string; no default.

Search the disk as well as ls-R if necessary.

-no-mktex fmt
disable mktexfmt generation. (fmt=pk/mf/tex/tfm)

-path string
Search in the path string.

-progname string
Set program name to string.

-show-path name
Output search path for file type name. See the info manual for a list of valid
names, or use the -help option to print the list.

-var-value variable
Print the expansion of variable.

Print version information and exit.

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