I am searching for the definition of \maketitle in the article class.

I searched on CTAN but there is a lot of files. I don’t know in which one I can find this definition.

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    Really simple? article.cls
    – Johannes_B
    Aug 11, 2014 at 14:05
  • So, where can I find it?
    – fauve
    Aug 11, 2014 at 14:26
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    Somewhere in your Tex-distribution. Try kpsewhich article.cls in a terminal.
    – Johannes_B
    Aug 11, 2014 at 14:29
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    Here is an online link to it: article.cls
    – Werner
    Aug 11, 2014 at 14:30

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I finaly find it on /usr/share/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.cls (Gentoo).

I use for that the command kpsewhich article.clson a terminal.

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    the path is is also in the log file for every article class document that you process with latex. Aug 11, 2014 at 15:36
  • If you use bash or zsh, less $(kpsewhich article.cls) avoids looking for the path. Thedefinition of \maketitle depends on whether you use the titlepage option or not.
    – egreg
    Aug 11, 2014 at 16:30

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