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       LyX - A Document Processor


       lyx [ command-line switches ] [ name[.lyx] ... ]


       LyX is too complex to be described completely in the "man" page format.
       If your  system  is  properly  configured,  you  can  access  the  full
       documentation within LyX under the Help menu.

       LyX  is  a document preparation system. It excels at letting you create
       complex   technical   and   scientific   articles   with   mathematics,
       cross-references,  bibliographies,  indices,  etc.  It  is very good at
       documents of any length in which the  usual  processing  abilities  are
       required:  automatic  sectioning  and pagination, spellchecking, and so
       forth. It can also be used to  write  a  letter  to  your  mom,  though
       granted,  there are probably simpler programs available for that. It is
       definitely  not  the  best  tool  for  creating  banners,  flyers,   or
       advertisements,  though  with  some  effort all these can be done, too.
       Some examples of what it is used for: memos, letters, dissertations and
       theses,  lecture  notes,  seminar  notebooks,  conference  proceedings,
       software  documentation,  books   (on   PostgreSQL,   remote   sensing,
       cryptology,  fictional  novels,  poetry,  and even a children's book or
       two), articles in refereed scientific journals, scripts for  plays  and
       movies, business proposals... you get the idea.

       Currently,  LyX  uses  the  Qt4  library  as  a toolkit. LyX should run
       everywhere, where this  library  runs.   This  is  on  all  major  Unix
       platforms  as  well  as  Windows and Mac OS X (which actually is a unix


       LyX supports the following command-line switches.

       -help summarizes LyX usage

             provides version information on the build of LyX.

       -sysdir directory
             sets system directory. Normally not needed.

       -userdir directory
             sets user directory. Needed if you want to use LyX with different
             lyxrc settings.

       -geometry WxH+X+Y
             set geometry of the main window.

       -dbg feature[,feature...]
             where  feature  is  a  name or number.  Use "lyx -dbg" to see the
             list of available debug features.

        -x [--execute] command
             where command is a lyx command.

        -e [--export] fmt
             where  fmt  is  the   export   format   of   choice.    Look   on
             Tools->Preferences->File  formats->Format  to  get  an idea which
             parameters should be passed.

        -i [--import] fmt
             where fmt is the import format of choice and is the file
             to be imported.

        -f [--force-overwrite] what
             where  what is is either "all" or "main".  Using "all", all files
             are overwritten during a batch export, otherwise  only  the  main
             file will be. When this switch is followed by anything else other
             than "all" or "main", the behavior is as if "all" was  specified,
             but  what  follows  is  left  on  the  command  line  for further


              can be used to specify which system directory to use.

       The  system  directory  is  determined  by  searching  for   the   file
       "chkconfig.ltx". Directories are searched in this order:
       1) -sysdir command line parameter
       2) LYX_DIR_16x environment variable
       3) Maybe <path of binary>/TOP_SRCDIR/lib
       4) <path of binary>/../share/<name of binary>/
       5) hardcoded lyx_dir (at build time: /usr/share/lyx)

              can be used to specify which user directory to use.

       The user directory is, in order of precedence:
       1) -userdir command line parameter
       2) LYX_USERDIR_16x environment variable
       3) $HOME/.<name of binary> if no explicit setting is made

              can  be  used  to tell LyX where to look for the translations of
              its GUI strings in other languages.


       ~/.lyx/preferences      Personal configuration file
       ~/.lyx/lyxrc.defaults   Personal autodetected configuration file
       LIBDIR/lyxrc.dist  System wide configuration file
       LIBDIR/  Updates LyX if config has changed
       LIBDIR/bind/      Keybindings
       LIBDIR/clipart/   Clipart pictures
       LIBDIR/doc/       Documentation in LyX format.
       LIBDIR/examples/  Example documents
       LIBDIR/images/    Images used as icons or in popups
       LIBDIR/kbd/       Keyboard mappings
       LIBDIR/layouts/   Layout descriptions
       LIBDIR/templates/ Templates for documents
       LIBDIR/tex/       Extra TeX files

       LIBDIR is the system directory. This was at build time  /usr/share/lyx.


       tex2lyx(1), latex(1).

       Full documentation in either native LyX or postscript format.


       There  are  still some bugs in LyX. To report one, read if possible the
       Introduction found under the Help menu in  LyX.  You'll  find  detailed
       info  on  submitting  bug  reports  there.  If  you can't do that, send
       details to the LyX Developers mailing list,  or
       use  the  LyX  bug tracker at Don't forget to
       mention which version you are having problems with!

       LaTeX import is still not perfect and may produce  buggy  *.lyx  files.
       Consult the tex2lyx documentation.


       LyX is Copyright (C) 1995 by Matthias Ettrich, 1995-2009 LyX Team