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TeX Software

SEP uses LaTeX to typeset its reports, books, and theses. LaTeX gives us a way to use a simple text source file from which we can derive both Postscript and HTML versions of our documents. You can find our documents on SEP's public documents site. Sergey Fomel has been getting all geophysicists to use and contribute to a standard TeX class. Check out the RSF SEGtex website for the latest.

TeX is a typesetting language, created by Donald Knuth, a famous professor from Stanford. TeX typesets complex documents beautifully and is the system of choice for most people who put mathematical equations and figures in their texts. SEP's LaTeX environment for paper and report building has been synched with the LaTeX environment with the Madagascar RSF data processing package RSF in a SCons build environment.

Currently, the LaTeX package and RSF are installed on pompei, and this is where you should build your documents.

Building a Paper

Building papers with the SCons/RSF package is quite straightforward. Before beginning, make sure that you have set the correct environmental paths. On (t)csh shells, this requires setting the following:

setenv RSFROOT /opt/RSF/

In the directory where your paper.tex file is located, you need to make a SConstruct file that passes the necessary arguments to SCons. The general structure of the SConstruct file is:

# SConstruct for building papers
from rsftex import *

In the call to End(), the resdir option informs SCons where the Figure directory is located. The use option passes on the names of LaTeX packages commonly included in building. Some common ones include amsmath, amsfonts and color. The options flag passes on settings about the layout of the document. For example, when you want to prepare something in a manuscript format (i.e. double-spaced) then you can use manuscript. Other options include single-sided and double-sided. You can also change the font size with 11pt and 12pt.


TeX is a typesetting language, created by Donald Knuth, a famous professor from Stanford. TeX typesets complex documents beautifully and is the system of choice for most people who put mathematical equations and figures in their texts.

You can download TeX-related software from a set of mirrors of the Comprehensive TeX Archive Network (CTAN).

At SEP's Unix servers, we use the teTeX package. For Windows machines, I recommend MikTeX package, found in Both these packages are from Germany. A good DVI viewer for Windows is DVIWIN.

Mac users will probably want to install TeXShop, a really comprehensive package that can be found at TeXShop. This does not interface well with all of SEP's TeTeX environment; however, it is quite handy for doing TeXy things on Macs.

Donald Knuth's Home Page
CTAN on the Web
teTeX package for Unix
MikTeX package for Windows NT/95


Leslie Lamport developed a popular TeX macro package, LaTeX. LaTeX source files are processed into DVI (device independent) files. You can inspect the dvi files on a computer screen or process them into a Postscript file for printing. LaTeX2HTML converter is another very useful application of LaTeX.

LaTeX source files are processed with a plain text editor or word processor. The editor of choice is GNU Emacs, empowered by AUC TeX package. On Windows, there is a nice shareware program, Texmaker, found on

Leslie Lamport 's Home Page
LaTeX documentation
All about LaTeX2HTML
GNU Emacs as a religion, Windows port
AUC TeX package for Emacs

Recommended books on LaTeX are

  1. The latest version of the standard LaTeX book: Leslie Lamport
    LaTeX: A Documentation Preparation System, 2nd edition
    Addison-Wesley, 1994
    ISBN: 0-201-52983-1
    272 pages, $32.95
  2. My favorite LaTeX book: Helmut Kopka and Patrick W. Daly
    A Guide to LaTeX2e, 3rd edition
    Addison-Wesley, 1999
    ISBN: 0201398257
    600 pages, $44.99
  3. Another standard reference: Michel Goossens, Frank Mittelbach, and Alexander Samarin
    The LaTeX Companion
    Addison-Wesley, 1994
    ISBN: 0-201-54199-81
    528 pages, $32.95

SEP2e (with THESIS options)

LaTeX2e allows users to add their own classes to the standard classes (“article”, “letter”, “book”, “report”, etc.), supplied in the base LaTeX2e distribution. SEP2e is a LaTeX2e class, used at SEP for writing reports, books, and theses. A brief documentation is available as a compressed postscript and HTML.

February 2007, Brad Artman added an example Adm directory for your Thesis directory. All chapter directories live in the Thesis directory. All the files you need in Thesis/Adm are included here: Thesis/Adm. Check out the thesis faq too. One- and two-sided printing now supported (and accepted by the University).

To help new users start writing SEP report papers, we provide an example paper in compressed postscript and HTML. (52K) - SEP2e documentation in postscript (121K) - example article in postscript


For a convenient LaTeX processing, we use a set of site make rules and Perl scripts. The scripts will be available soon on this server.

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