This table gives the remaining customization variables, which apply to multiple formats, or affect global behavior, or otherwise don’t fit into the categories of the previous sections.
When a closing quote is needed, use this character; default
’ in Docbook. The default for Info is the same
OPEN_QUOTE_SYMBOL (see below).
#line directives in a “preprocessing” pass
(see External Macro Processors); on by default.
If set, debugging output is generated; default is off (zero).
For Docbook, HTML, XML. Specifies the
entity’s system identifier. This is a URI which may be used to
retrieve the entity, and identifies the canonical DTD for the
document. The default value is different for each of HTML, Docbook
and Texinfo XML.
For debugging. If set, no conversion is done, only parsing and macro expansion. If the option --macro-expand is set, the Texinfo source is also expanded to the corresponding file. Default false.
For debugging. If set, the tree constructed upon parsing a Texinfo document is output to standard error; default false.
For HTML, XML. If --enable-encoding is set, and there is an entity corresponding with the letter or the symbol being output, prefer the entity. Set by default for HTML, but not XML.
For cross-references to other manuals, this determines if the other
manual is considered to be split or monolithic. By default, it is set
based on the value of
SPLIT. See HTML Xref, and see HTML Xref Configuration.
The extension added to the output file name. The default is different for each output format.
For “plain Texinfo” (see the
PLAINTEXINFO item). If set to
false, the resulting Texinfo does not have all errors corrected, such
as missing ‘@end’; default true. This variable is only
relevant when expanding Texinfo; other converters always try to
output something sane even if the input is erroneous.
If set, begin outputting at
@setfilename is present; default true.
If set, spaces are ignored after an @-command that takes braces. Default true, matching the TeX behavior.
Symbol used between the index entry and the associated node or section; default ‘:’.
If set, warn about ‘:’ in index entry, as it leads to invalid entries in index menus in output Info files. For Info and plaintext only.
If set, whenever there are problematic characters for Info output in places such as node names or menu items, surround the part of the construct where they appear with quoting characters, as described in Info Format Specification. See Node Line Requirements.
If set, warn about problematic constructs for Info output (such as the string ‘::’) in node names, menu items, and cross-references; default true. Do not warn about index entries, since parsing problems there don’t prevent navigation; readers can still relatively easily find their way to the node in question.
@insertcopying is replaced by the
@copying) as if
@insertcopying were a
user-defined macro; default false.
Normalized encoding name suitable for output. Should be a usable
charset name in HTML, typically one of the preferred IANA encoding
names. You should not need to use this variable, since it is set by
Perl encoding used to process the Texinfo source. You should not need
to use that variable, since it is set by
The maximal number of recursive calls of @-commands defined through
@rmacro; default 100000. The purpose of this variable is to
avoid infinite recursions.
Symbol used between the menu entry and the description; default ‘:’.
If set, do not use
@setfilename to set the document name;
instead, base the output document name only on the input file name.
The default is false.
If set, node names are used to construct file names. By default, it
is set if the output is split by node, or if
NODE_FILES is set
and the output is split in any way.
If set, use node names in index entries, otherwise prefer section names; default true.
If set, use node names in menu entries, otherwise prefer section names; default true.
When an opening quote is needed, e.g., for ‘@samp’ output, use
the specified character; default
‘ for HTML,
‘ for Docbook. For Info, the default depends on the
enabled document encoding (see
@documentencoding); if no
document encoding is set, or the encoding is US-ASCII, etc., ‘'’
is used. This character usually appears as an undirected single quote
on modern systems. If the document encoding is Unicode, the Info
output uses a Unicode left quote.
Normalized encoding name used for output files. Should be a usable
charset name in HTML, typically one of the preferred IANA encoding
names. By default, if an input encoding is set (typically through
information is used to set the output encoding name. If no input
encoding is specified, the default output encoding name may be set by
the output format. In particular, the XML-based formats use
OUTPUT_ENCODING_NAME if the encoding is not
otherwise specified. See
If set, the cross-references in the Overview link to the corresponding Table of Contents entries; default true.
The implementation’s short package name, package version, package name
and version concatenated, package url, and full package name,
respectively. By default, these variables are all set through
Autoconf, Automake, and
The output file prefix, which is prepended to some output file names.
By default it is set by
@setfilename or from the input file
@setfilename). How this value is used depends on the
value of other customization variables or command line options, such
as whether the output is split and
NODE_FILENAMES. The default
Name of the program used. By default, it is set to the name of the program launched, with a trailing ‘.pl’ removed.
If set, use the value for the renamed nodes description file. If not set, the file is doc_basename-noderename.cnf. See HTML Xref Link Preservation.
If set, create redirection files for renamed nodes. Set by default when generating HTML.
If set, Texinfo menus are output. By default, it is set unless generating Docbook or if --no-headers is specified.
If set, the name of a file to which a list of elements (nodes or
sections, depending on the output format) is dumped, sorted by the
number of lines they contain after removal of @-commands; default
unset. This is used by the program
the util/ directory of the Texinfo source distribution
When dumping the elements-by-size file (see preceding item), use word counts instead of line counts; default false.
If set to true, some variables which are normally dynamically generated anew for each run (date, program name, version) are set to fixed and given values. This is useful to compare the output to a reference file, as is done for the tests. The default is false.
Name of the command used to produce PostScript, PDF, and DVI; default
texi2any Printed Output.
Generate HTML and try to be as compatible as possible with
texi2html; default false.
For XML. Version of the DTD used in the XML output preamble. The default is set based on a variable in configure.ac.
For stripped text content output (i.e., when
TEXINFO_OUTPUT_FORMAT is set to
textcontent). If set,
also output comments. Default false.
Up node for the Top node; default ‘(dir)’. For overriding the
url in HTML output, see
TOP_NODE_UP_URL in HTML Customization Variables.
The associated value is a comma separated list of transformations that can be applied to the Texinfo tree prior to outputting the result. If more than one is specified, the ordering is irrelevant; each is always applied at the necessary point during processing.
The only one executed by default is ‘move_index_entries_after_items’ for HTML and Docbook output. Here’s an example of updating the master menu in a document:
makeinfo \ -c TREE_TRANSFORMATIONS=regenerate_master_menu \ -c PLAINTEXINFO=1 \ mydoc.texi \ -o /tmp/out
PLAINTEXINFO output does expand
Texinfo macros and conditionals, it’s necessary to remove any such
differences before installing the updates in the original document.
This will be remedied in a future release.)
The following transformations are currently supported (many are used
pod2texi utility distributed with Texinfo;
Add menu entries or whole menus for nodes associated with sections of any level, based on the sectioning tree.
@unnumbered... sections in a tree to fill gaps in
sectioning. For example, an
@unnumberedsec will be inserted
@chapter is followed by a
Insert nodes for sectioning commands lacking a corresponding node.
@itemize, move index entries
appearing just before an
@item to just after the
@item. Comment lines between index entries are moved too. As
mentioned, this is always done for HTML and Docbook output.
Update the Top node master menu, either replacing the (first)
@detailmenu in the Top node menu, or creating it at the end of
the Top node menu.
Mostly the same as
SIMPLE_MENU: use a simple preformatted style
for the menu. It differs from setting
SIMPLE_MENU in that
SIMPLE_MENU only has an effect in HTML output.
Preferentially use nodes to decide where elements are separated. If set to false, preferentially use sectioning to decide where elements are separated. The default is true.
If set, use the node associated with a section for the section target in cross-references; default true.
For HTML and XML. If set, use numeric entities instead of ASCII characters when there is no named entity. By default, set to true for HTML.
Fill in up sectioning direction with node direction when there is no sectioning up direction. In practice this can only happen when there is no @top section. Not set by default.
Default is on for Info, off for other output. If set, use exactly
@setfilename gives for the output file name, including
the extension. You should not need to explicitly set this variable.
Use the full
@titlepage as the title, not a simple title string;
If set to false, do not use the
Text::Unidecode Perl module to
transliterate more characters; default true.