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       dblatex - convert DocBook to LaTeX, DVI, PostScript, and PDF


       dblatex [options] {file | -}


       This manual page briefly documents the dblatex command. For more
       details read the PDF manual; see below.

       dblatex is a program that transforms your SGML/XML DocBook documents to
       DVI, PostScript or PDF by translating them into pure LaTeX as a first
       process.  MathML 2.0 markups are supported, too.  It started as a clone
       of DB2LaTeX.


       A summary of options is included below.  For a complete description,
       see the PDF manual.

       -h, --help
           Show a help message and exit.

       -b backend, --backend=backend
           Backend driver to use: pdftex (default), dvips, or xetex.

       -B, --no-batch
           All the tex output is printed.

       -c config, -S config, --config=config
           Configuration file. A configuration file can be used to group all
           the options and customizations to apply.

       -d, --debug
           Debug mode: Keep the temporary directory in which dblatex actually

       -D, --dump
           Dump the error stack when an error occurs (debug purpose).

       -f figure_format, --fig-format=figure_format
           Input figure format: fig, eps. Used when not deduced from figure
           file extension.

       -F input_format, --input-format=input_format
           Input file format: sgml, xml (default).

       -i texinputs, --texinputs texinputs
           Path added to TEXINPUTS

       -I figure_path, --fig-path=figure_path
           Additional lookup path of the figures.

       -l bst_path, --bst-path=bst_path
           Additional lookup path of the BibTeX styles.

       -L bib_path, --bib-path=bib_path
           Additional lookup path of the BibTeX databases.

       -m xslt, --xslt=xslt
           XSLT engine to use. The available engines are: xsltproc (default),

       -o output, --output=output
           Output filename. When not specified, the input filename is used,
           with the suffix of the output format. The option is ignored if
           several books are chunked from a set. In this case the -O option is
           applied instead.

       -O output_dir, --output-dir=output_dir
           Output directory of the books built from a set. When not specified,
           the current working directory is used instead. The option is
           ignored if a single document is outputed, and the -o is taken into

       -p xsl_user, --xsl-user=xsl_user
           An XSL user stylesheet to use. Several user stylesheets can be
           specified, but the option order is meaningful.

       -P param=value, --param=param=value
           Set an XSL parameter from command line.

       -r script, --texpost=script
           Script called at the very end of the tex compilation. Its role is
           to modify the tex file or one of the compilation files before the
           last round.

       -s latex_style, --texstyle=latex_style
           Latex style to apply. It can be a package name, or directly a latex
           package path. A package name must be without a directory path and
           without the ´.sty´ extension. On the contrary, a full latex package
           path can contain a directory path, but must ends with the ´.sty´

       -t format, --type=format
           Output format. Available formats: tex, dvi, ps, pdf (default).

           DVI output. Equivalent to -tdvi.

           PDF output. Equivalent to -tpdf.

           PostScript output. Equivalent to -tps.

       -T style, --style=style
           Output style, predefined are: db2latex, simple, native (default).

       -v, --version
           Display the dblatex version.

       -V, --verbose
           Verbose mode, showing the running commands

       -x xslt_options, --xslt-opts=xslt_options
           Arguments directly passed to the XSLT engine

       -X, --no-external
           Disable the external text file support. This support is needed for
           callouts on external files referenced by textdata or imagedata, but
           it can be disabled if the document does not contain such callouts.
           Disabling this support can improve the processing performance for
           big documents.


           User configuration directory.

           System-wide configuration directory.

       The predefined output styles are located in the installed package


           Extra configuration directories that may contain some dblatex
           configuration files.


       To produce myfile.pdf from myfile.xml:

           dblatex myfile.xml

       To set some XSL parameters from the command line:

           dblatex -P latex.babel.language=de myfile.xml

       To use the db2latex output style:

           dblatex -T db2latex myfile.xml

       To apply your own latex style:

           dblatex -s mystyle myfile.xml
           dblatex -s /path/to/mystyle.sty myfile.xml

       To use dblatex and profiling:

           xsltproc --param profile.attribute "´output´" \
                    --param profile.value "´pdf´" /path/to/profiling/profile.xsl \
                    myfile.xml | dblatex -o myfile.pdf -

       To build a set of books:

           dblatex -O /path/to/chunk/dir myfile.xml


       The program is documented fully by "DocBook to LaTeX Publishing - User
       Manual" available in the package´s documentation directory.


       Benoit Guillon

       Andreas Hoenen <>


       Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Andreas Hoenen

       This manual page was written for the Debian(TM) system (but it may be
       used by others).

       Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or any
       later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

       On Debian(TM) systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public
       License can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

                                  May 6, 2009