NAME

context - front end to the new ConTeXt typesetting system

SYNOPSIS

context [ OPTION ... ] FILE [ ... ]

DESCRIPTION


  context, a texlua(1) script, is the command-line front end to the new version of the ConTeXt typesetting system, an extensive macro package built on the tex(1) family of typesetting programs. context provides several facilties:
Process a ConTeXt source file, performing as many runs as necessary of luatex(1). Options control the output format, the pages to process, paper size, and so forth.
Create new ConTeXt formats, useful during installation.
Post-process existing PDF files, including merging multiple files, and extracting and rearranging pages within a file, similar to the facilities provided for PostScript files by psnup(1) or for PDF files by pdftk(1).

OPTIONS


  All switches should always be specified in full. With no options, context assumes that the file on the command line is a ConTeXt source file, i.e. a TeX file in the ConTeXt dialect, and produces a PDF file using the source file.
 
--run
process (one or more) files (default action)
--make
create context formats
--ctx=name
use ctx file (process management specification)
--interface
use specified user interface (default: en)
--autopdf
close pdf file in viewer and start pdf viewer afterwards
--purge(all)
purge files either or not after a run (--pattern=...)
--usemodule=list
load the given module or style, normally part o fthe distribution
--environment=list
load the given environment file first (document styles)
--mode=list
enable given the modes (conditional processing in styles)
--path=list
also consult the given paths when files are looked for
--arguments=list
set variables that can be consulted during a run (key/value pairs)
--randomseed=number
set the randomseed
--result=name
rename the resulting output to the given name
--trackers=list
set tracker variables (show list with --showtrackers)
--directives=list
set directive variables (show list with --showdirectives)
--silent=list
disable logcatgories (show list with --showlogcategories)
--noconsole
disable logging to the console (logfile only)
--purgeresult
purge result file before run
--forcexml
force xml stub (optional flag: --mkii)
--forcecld
force cld (context lua document) stub
--arrange
run extra imposition pass, given that the style sets up imposition
--noarrange
ignore imposition specifications in the style
--once
only run once (no multipass data file is produced)
--batchmode
run without stopping and don't show messages on the console
--nonstopmode
run without stopping
--generate
generate file database etc. (as mtxrun does)
--paranoid
don't descend to .. and ../..
--version
report installed context version
--expert
show expert options

INITIALIZATION

The context command is just a stub that runs the larger mtxrun script, which is a scripting framework written for texlua(1) that supports loading of extra modules, of which context is one. The implementation actually resides in a file named mtx-context.lua deep within the TDS structure.

If context complains about Unknown script 'context', this can usually be fixed by executing mtxrun --generate on the command line: this command regenerates the database that mtxrun uses to find its extra modules.

SEE ALSO

tex(1), luatex(1), texlua(1), psnup(1), pdftk(1).

ConTeXt wiki <URL: http://www.contextgarden.net >.

ConTeXt mailing list home <URL: http://www.ntg.nl/mailman/listinfo/ntg-context >.

BUGS

This manpage is horribly incomplete.

AUTHOR

This partial manpage was written by Taco Hoekwater <taco [at] metatex.org>. It is based on the --help output of context.