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       mpost - MetaPost, a system for creating graphics


       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.

       Like  TeX  and Metafont, MetaPost is normally used with a large body of
       precompiled macros.  When the --ini option is given, it can be used  to
       precompile  macros  into a .mem file.  When called without that option,
       MetaPost will use its executable name as the name of the  mem  to  use.
       For  example,  when  called  as  mpost  the mpost mem is used, which is
       identical to the plain mem.

       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
       ``jobname'', and is used in forming output file names.  If no  file  is
       named,  the  jobname becomes mpout.  The default extension, .mp, can be
       overridden by specifying an extension explicitly.

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

       This  manual  page  is  not  meant  to  be  exhaustive.   The  complete
       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   See  the  FILES  section

       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.


       *.mem  Predigested MetaPost mem files.
              The standard mem file.
              The Metafont-compatible mem file.

              The   standard   MetaPost   macros   included  in  the  original

              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
       Typesetting), 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 was designed 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  current,  CWEB  based  version  of  MetaPost is maintained by Taco

       The manual and tutorial are  maintained  by  Stephan  Hennig  and  Troy


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