[OS X TeX] Re: finding commands (was: Turning eps to pdf problems)

Robert Bruner rrb at math.wayne.edu
Mon May 22 03:57:41 EDT 2006

     convert h

does say

Usage: ./convert [-f <input filename>] [-o <output filename>] [-i <input mimetype>] [-j <output mimetype>] [-P <PPD filename>] [-u] [-a <attribute string>] [-U <username>] [-J <jobname] [-c <copies>] [-D]

which is some help, but wildly incomplete.  What I would like seems to
make me a fossil.  I would like a list of commands, grouped by function
and also alphabetically, and a reasonably complete description of their
syntax, function and dependencies, as we had in the old days on Unix
systems.  As David Watson says:

> I didn't even know that that particular program was there, but, ...

and I would like ways to find out what is available without
having to wait for someone to mention it, or (hopeless, I don't have
the time) just wade through all the directories trying things.

As Bruno Voisin says:

> So yes, where in Apple's documentation can one find out about such  
> things as /System/Library/Printers/Libraries/convert?

My brief experience with the Mac is that it is so well designed I can
do what I want pretty well without such documentation, but I would
still like to find out what is available more sytematically.  David is
probably right when he says

>  ...  I would presume they don't
> expect people to use this utility directly, and as such, they don't
> put it in the User Manual.


Bob Bruner

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