The Tectonic.toml File

Starting with the V2 interface, the Tectonic.toml file defines a Tectonic document.

Contents

The Tectonic.toml file is expressed in, yes, TOML format. Allowed items in the file are detailed below.

[doc]
name = <string>  # the document name
bundle = <url or filesystem path>  # the source of the TeX bundle

[[output]]  # one or more output specifications
name = <string>  # the output's name
type = <"pdf">  # the output's type
tex_format = [string]  # optional, defaults to "latex": the TeX format to use
shell_escape = [bool]  # optional, defaults to false: whether "shell escape" (\write18) is allowed
preamble = [string] # optional, defaults to "_preamble.tex": the preamble file to use (within `src`)
index = [string] # optional, defaults to "index.tex": the index file to use (within `src`)
postamble = [string] # optional, defaults to "_postamble.tex": the postamble file to use (within `src`)

Unexpected items are not allowed.

Items

doc.name

The name of the document. This is distinct from the document title. This value will be used to name output files, so it should be relatively short and filesystem-friendly.

doc.bundle

A string identifying the location of the “bundle” of TeX support files underyling the processing of the document.

In most circumstances this value should be a URL. The tectonic -X new command will populate this field with the current recommended default.

This field can also be a filesystem path, pointing to either a Zip-format bundle or a directory of support files. This mode of operation is discouraged because it limits reproducibility. URLs with a file: protocol are also treated identically to filesystem paths.

output

A list of dictionaries defining different outputs to be created from the document source.

output.name

A name given to the output. By default, build products for each output will be placed in the build directory, in a subdirectory with this name.

output.type

The kind of output to create. Currently, the only allowed option is "pdf", which creates a Portable Document Format file.

output.tex_format

The TeX “format” of preloaded macros to use when compiling the document. The default is "latex", corresponding to the standard LaTeX format. The exact set of formats that are supported will depend on the bundle that is being used.

output.shell_escape

Whether the TeX “shell escape”, AKA \write18, mechanism is allowed. The default is false. Shell-escape is inherently insecure because its usages require that text from the document compilation is passed directly to the operating-system shell. It also is inherently unportable, because it requires that your document compilation run in an environment where an operating system shell exists and can be invoked. Its use is therefore strongly discouraged, but some packages require it.

output.preamble

The preamble file to build the document with for this output. This defaults to "_preamble.tex" within the src directory. Typically this file will contain document setup steps.

output.index

The index file to build the document with for this output. This defaults to "index.tex" within the src directory. Typically this file will contain the body of the document.

output.postamble

The postamble file to build the document with for this output. This defaults to "_postamble.tex" within the src directory. Typically this file will contain document closing steps.