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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.



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Janet Casey

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6 September 2002

Leaders and contributors

Emmanuel Beffara Maintainer

Resources and communication

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

Software prerequisites

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


"Debian (Ref)" is not in the list (General, Help, Bug Tracking, Support, Developer) of allowed values for the "Resource audience" property.

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