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Building system for LaTeX documents

Rubber is a building system for LaTeX documents. It is based on a routine that runs only as many compilations as necessary. The module system provides a great flexibility that virtually allows support for any package with no user intervention, as well as pre- and post-processing of the document. The standard modules currently provide support for bibtex, dvips, pdftex, makeindex, cweb, and graphics/graphicx.


User manpage included and available in HTML format from


version 1.0 (stable)
released on 11 July 2005


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Janet Casey

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6 September 2002

Leaders and contributors

Emmanuel Beffara Maintainer

Resources and communication

AudienceResource typeURI
Bug Tracking,Developer,
Debian (Ref)
Python (Ref)
Ruby (Ref)

Software prerequisites

Required to usePython 2.1 or later
Required to useLaTeX *or* pdfLaTeX
Required to builddistutils (usually found in python-dev)
Weak prerequisitebibtex
Weak prerequisitedvips

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 17 April 2018.


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