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21.8 TeX Formatting Requirements Summary

Every Texinfo file that is to be input to TeX must begin with a \input command, and must contain an @setfilename command:

\input texinfo
@setfilename arg-not-used-by-TeX

The first command instructs TeX to load the macros it needs to process a Texinfo file and the second command opens auxiliary files.

Every Texinfo file must end with a line that terminates TeX’s processing and forces out unfinished pages:


Strictly speaking, these lines are all a Texinfo file needs to be processed successfully by TeX.

Usually, however, the beginning includes an @settitle command to define the title of the printed manual, a title page, a copyright page, permissions, and a table of contents. Besides @bye, the end of a file usually includes indices. (Not to mention that most manuals contain a body of text as well.)

For more information, see: