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mpost(1)                                                              mpost(1)


       mpost,  pmpost,  upmpost  - MetaPost, a system for creating graphics r-
       mpost, r-pmpost, r-upmpost - restricted MetaPost


       mpost [options] [commands]

       mpost --dvitomp dvifile[.dvi] [mpxfile[.mpx]]


       MetaPost interprets the MetaPost language and produces PostScript (EPS)
       or  Scalable  Vector Graphics (SVG) pictures.  The MetaPost language is
       similar to Knuth's Metafont  with  additional  features  for  including
       tex(1)  or  troff(1)  commands and accessing features of PostScript not
       found in Metafont.

       MetaPost is normally used with a set of basic macros, and it  will  use
       its executable name as the name of the preload file to use.   For exam-
       ple, when called as mpost the file is used, which simply reads   When the --ini option is given, preloading does not happen.

       The commands given on the command line  to  the  MetaPost  program  are
       passed  to it as the first input line.  (But it is often easier to type
       extended arguments as the first input line, since UNIX shells  tend  to
       gobble up or misinterpret MetaPost's favorite symbols, like semicolons,
       unless you quote them.) The normal  usage  is  to  say  mpost  figs  to
       process  the  file   The  basename of figs becomes the ``job-
       name'', and is used in forming output file names.  If no file is named,
       the jobname becomes mpout.  The default extension, .mp, can be overrid-
       den by specifying an extension explicitly.

       When the --dvitomp option is given, MetaPost acts  as  DVI-to-MPX  con-
       verter only.  See dvitomp (1) for details.

       The  pmpost program is a variant with Japanese support, and upmpost has
       Unicode-enabled Japanese support, analogous to ptex and uptex.

       All three variants are also installed with an `r-' prefix, that is,  r-
       mpost,  r-pmpost,  r-upmpost, which implicitly specify the --restricted
       option to make MetaPost safe to run on unknown input; the tex, makempx,
       and editor commands are disabled.

       This  manual  page  is a mere skeleton.  For a list of all command line
       options, run --help.

       The main documentation for this version of MetaPost can be found in the
       User  Manual that should have been installed along with the program and
       is also available from

       The MetaPost language is similar to Metafont, but the manual assumes no
       knowledge  of  Metafont.  MetaPost does not have bitmap output commands
       or Metafont's online display mechanism.

              The standard preload file.
              The Metafont-compatible preload file.

              The standard MetaPost macros included in the original  distribu-

              Various tables for handling included tex and troff.

              Table of corresponding font names for troff and PostScript.
              Table of corresponding font names for tex and PostScript.

              The  MetaPost  manual and tutorial source, also including sample


       Donald E. Knuth, The Metafontbook (Volume C of Computers  and  Typeset-
       ting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13445-4.
       TUGboat (the journal of the TeX Users Group).


       dvitomp(1), epstopdf(1), mf(1), mptopdf(1), tex(1),
       MetaPost home page <>.


       MetaPost  was  created  by John D. Hobby, incorporating algorithms from
       Metafont by Donald E. Knuth.  It was originally  implemented  on  Unix,
       incorporating  system-dependent  routines from web2c, while not relying
       on it except for the actual Web-to-C translator.

       Ulrik Vieth adapted MetaPost to take advantage  of  the  advanced  path
       searching  features in more recent versions of web2c and worked towards
       fully integrating MetaPost into the canonical Unix TeX distribution.

       The primary author of the current MetaPost  was  Taco  Hoekwater,  with
       assistance from Hans Hagen and many others.  It is currently maintained
       by Luigi Scarso.


       The MetaPost home page is

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