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

     −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 works.

     −D, −−dump
     Dump the error stack when an error occurs (debug

     −e indexstyle, −−indexstyle indexstyle
     Index style file to pass to makeindex instead of the
     dblatex default index style.

     −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), 4xslt, saxon.

     −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 account.

     −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: a
     user stylesheet takes precedence over previously
     defined user stylesheets.

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

     −q, −−quiet
     Less verbose, showing only TeX output messages and
     error messages.

     −r [plugin:]script, −−texpost=[plugin:]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. The script can
     be a python plugin. In this case add the prefix term

     −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' extension.

     −t format, −−type=format
     Output format. Available formats: tex, dvi, ps, pdf

     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

     −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

     User configuration directory.

     System−wide configuration directory.

     The predefined output styles are located in the
installed package directory.

     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 your XSL stylesheet:

     dblatex −p myconfig.xsl 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 pass extra arguments to the XSLT engine:

     dblatex −x "−−path /path/to/load/entity" 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 −Pset.book.num=all myfile.xml

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

     Benoit Guillon
     Upstream maintainer

     Andreas Hoenen <andreas.hoenen@arcor.de>
     Debian maintainer


Copyright © 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012,
2013, 2014, 2015 Andreas Hoenen

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