Latexmk (whose current released version is
4.79 dated 7 January 2023) is a perl
script for running LaTeX the correct number of times to resolve cross
references, etc; it also runs auxiliary programs (bibtex, makeindex if
necessary, and dvips and/or a previewer as requested).
It has a number of other useful capabilities, for
example to start a previewer and then run latex whenever the source
files are updated, so that the previewer gives an up-to-date view of
the document. The script runs on both UNIX and MS-WINDOWS (XP, etc).
Here is the documentation in
plain text format,
and in pdf format.
Latexmk is also available at
CTAN at http://ctan.org/pkg/latexmk/,
and is/will be in the TeXLive and MiKTeX distributions.
New versions being tested. Archive of old versions
Sometimes there are updates being tested that are not yet in the main
You can try out any new version from the
collection of new and
archived versions of latexmk.
You can also see archives of old versions there.
How to use dvipdfm and dvipdfmx with latexmk
Users trying to use dvipdfm and dvipdfmx with latexmk have run into
trouble because the format of the command-line arguments for these
programs are incompatible with that for dvipdf. This problem was
solved in versions 4.01 or higher of latexmk. They allow a flexible
specification of the commands executed by latexmk. To use dvipdfm,
put the following in one of latexmk's initialization files (e.g.,
$dvipdf = "dvipdfm %O -o %D %S";
To use dvipdfmx, just change the string dvipdfm to dvipdfmx.
For more details, see latexmk's documentation.
Up to software
by John Collins.
This page is maintained by
8 January 2023