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naartex converts docbook files into latex without an intermediate XSL Formating Objects step

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 276K
Developer: Bart Vanhauwaert
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naartex converts docbook files into latex without an intermediate XSL Formating Objects step. The aim is to have a simple solution that sidesteps the XSL-FO complexity.

Since naartex is in the early stages of development only a small part of the docbook specification is implemented. However by using a simple and minimalist approach I hope to rapidly improve this situation on an as-needed basis.


Start the configuration with


If configuration fails, double check the prerequisites. For non-standard installations you might need to pass appropriate command line options to configure. To see a list of possible options run

./configure --help


Naartex comes with a makefile to facilitate building. Just run


After a few seconds (depending on the speed of your computer) the make process will create one binary in the current directory, naartex.

Running the test suite:

Optionally you can run the test suite included with naartex.

cd test

This outputs one line for each test. If diff output appears (lines starting with + or -) a test has failed.


Naartex is in the early stages of development. It is not recommended to install it permanently, so no installation script is included. Fortunately naartex does not need any file except the binary naartex.

libxml2 (only version 2.5.11 is tested) Note that some distributions split libxml2 in a library and development package. You probably need both.
a C++ compiler (only gcc 3.2.3 is tested, but any version of gcc>=3 should work) Note that not all gcc installations include the C++ compiler
a make compatible program (only GNU make 3.80 is tested)

What's New in This Release:
Support figure object
Use png imagedata for pdfoutput instead of eps

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