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           lyx [ command-line switches ] [ name[.lyx] ... ]


           LyX is too complex to be described completely in the "man" page format.
           If your system is properly configured, you can access the full documen-
           tation within LyX under the Help menu.
           LyX  is  a document preparation system. It excels at letting you create
           complex technical and scientific articles with mathematics,  cross-ref-
           erences,  bibliographies, indices, etc. It is very good at documents of
           any length in which the usual processing abilities are required:  auto-
           matic  sectioning  and  pagination, spellchecking, and so forth. It can
           also be used to write a letter to your mom, though granted,  there  are
           probably  simpler programs available for that. It is definitely not the
           best tool for creating banners, flyers, or advertisements, though  with
           some  effort  all  these can be done, too.  Some examples of what it is
           used for: memos, letters, dissertations and theses, lecture notes, sem-
           inar  notebooks,  conference proceedings, software documentation, books
           (on PostgreSQL, remote sensing, cryptology, fictional  novels,  poetry,
           and  even  a  children's  book or two), articles in refereed scientific
           journals, scripts for plays and movies, business proposals...  you  get
           the idea.
           Currently, LyX uses the Qt4 library as a toolkit. LyX should run every-
           where, where this library runs.  This is on all major Unix platforms as
           well as Windows and Mac OS X (which actually is a unix platform).


           LyX supports the following command-line switches.
           -help summarizes LyX usage
                 provides version information on the build of LyX.
           -sysdir directory
                 sets system directory. Normally not needed.
           -userdir directory
                 sets user directory. Needed if you want to use LyX with different
                 lyxrc settings.
           -geometry WxH+X+Y
                 set geometry of the main window.
           -dbg feature[,feature...]
                 where feature is a name or number.  Use "lyx  -dbg"  to  see  the
                 list of available debug features.
            -x [--execute] command
                 where command is a lyx command.
                 allow overwriting the main file only, or "none" to disallow over-
                 writing any file. When this switch is followed by  anything  else
                 other  than  "all", "main" or "none", the behavior is as if "all"
                 was specified, but what follows is left on the command  line  for
                 further processing.
            -n [--no-remote]
                 open  documents  passed  as  arguments in a new instance, even if
                 another instance of LyX is already running.
            -r [--remote]
                 by using the lyxpipe, ask an already running instance of  LyX  to
                 open the documents passed as arguments and then exit. If the lyx-
                 pipe is not set up or is not working, a new instance  is  created
                 and execution continues normally.
                 causes  LyX  to run the given commands without opening a GUI win-
                 dow.  Thus, something like:
                     lyx -batch -x "buffer-print printer default dvips" myfile.lyx
                 will  cause LyX to print myfile.lyx to the default printer, using
                 dvips and the default print settings (which, of course,  have  to
                 have been configured already).


                  can be used to specify which system directory to use.
           The  system  directory is determined by searching for the file "chkcon-
           fig.ltx". Directories are searched in this order:
           1) -sysdir command line parameter
           2) LYX_DIR_20x environment variable
           3) Maybe <path of binary>/TOP_SRCDIR/lib
           4) <path of binary>/../share/<name of binary>/
           5) hardcoded lyx_dir (at build time: /usr/share/lyx)
                  can be used to specify which user directory to use.
           The user directory is, in order of precedence:
           1) -userdir command line parameter
           2) LYX_USERDIR_20x environment variable
           3) $HOME/.<name of binary> if no explicit setting is made
                  can be used to tell LyX where to look for  the  translations  of
                  its GUI strings in other languages.
           LIBDIR/bind/      Keybindings
           LIBDIR/clipart/   Clipart pictures
           LIBDIR/doc/       Documentation in LyX format.
           LIBDIR/examples/  Example documents
           LIBDIR/images/    Images used as icons or in popups
           LIBDIR/kbd/       Keyboard mappings
           LIBDIR/layouts/   Layout descriptions
           LIBDIR/templates/ Templates for documents
           LIBDIR/tex/       Extra TeX files
           LIBDIR is the system directory. This was at build time  /usr/share/lyx.


           tex2lyx(1), latex(1).
           Full documentation in either native LyX or postscript format.


           There  are  still some bugs in LyX. To report one, read if possible the
           Introduction found under the Help menu in  LyX.  You'll  find  detailed
           info  on  submitting  bug  reports  there.  If  you can't do that, send
           details to the LyX Developers mailing list,  or
           use  the  LyX  bug tracker at Don't forget to
           mention which version you are having problems with!
           LaTeX import is still not perfect and may produce  buggy  *.lyx  files.
           Consult the tex2lyx documentation.


           LyX is Copyright (C) 1995 by Matthias Ettrich, 1995-2010 LyX Team

    Version 2.0.2 2011-11-26 LYX(1)


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