mft - translate Metafont code to TeX code for prettyprinting
mft mf_file_name[.mf] [ [ -c ] or [ change_file_name[.ch] ] ] [ [ -s ]
or [ style_file_name[.mft] ] ]
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 Web2C: A TeX implementation.
The mft program creates a TeX file from a Metafont program. It takes
appropriate care of typographic details like page layout and the use of
indentation, italics, boldface, etc., as illustrated in the book
Computer Modern Typefaces. Special conventions in Metafont comments
allow you to control things that would not otherwise come out right;
section 1 of the MFT source program in the Metafontware report explains
The command line has one required file name and two optional file
names. The required one is a Metafont source file; there is also an
optional change file (which works just as the change files to tangle(1)
and weave(1) do) and an optional style file (which is prepended to
A file name that doesn't contain a dot is always given an extension,
either .mf (Metafont) or .ch (change) or .mft (style). If no style file
is specified, the style file plain.mft is automatically used. The
change_file_name is not searched for using any paths. The .mf file is
searched for using the MFINPUTS environment variable if you have set
it, or else the system default. The style file is searched for using
the TEXINPUTS environment variable. See tex(1) for the details of the
The output TeX file name is formed by using .tex in place of the
extension of mf_file_name.
Specify command-line options -c to suppress the reading of a change
file, and -s to suppress the reading of a style file.
TeX macros used by mft output.
Default style file.
Style file for Computer Modern.
Donald E. Knuth, Computer Modern Typefaces (Volume E of Computers and
Typesetting), Addison-Wesley, 1986, ISBN 0-201-13446-2.
Donald E. Knuth et al., Metafontware.
Donald E. Knuth wrote the program, and he ported it to Unix with the
help of Pierre MacKay and the Unix port of weave by Howard Trickey and
Pavel Curtis. The program is published in the Metafontware technical
report, available from the TeX Users Group.