[tex-live] use of -jobname

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Jan 1 15:57:27 CET 2008

Patrice Dumas <pertusus at free.fr> wrote:

> What is the use of the -jobname? The info documentation says
>      Set the job name to STRING, instead of deriving it from the name
>      of the input file.
> But what is the job name used for? Is there a documentation on that
> subject somewhere?

controls the name of the .dvi and the .log file

also sets \jobname, so any macro package which generates its own files
(e.g. latex .aux files, and so on) will use the revised name rather than
the name of the parent file.

> This option is used for the fmt files generation, my austion is in this
> context.

yup.  what more do you need to know?


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