Is it possible to compile two different pdf outputs from the same .tex file?

For example, let's say I have a document main.tex which contains questions for students, and answers only for teachers, which I want to hide from the students. Is it possible to compile the student and teacher versions of the document from the command line with different options?

pdflatex '\documentversion{student}' main -o student.pdf # output is student.pdf
pdflatex '\documentversion{teacher}' main -o teacher.pdf # output is teacher.pdf
  • The linked question (and its answer) partially answers this question. I vote to reopen this question and provide a complete answer... – Paul Gaborit Dec 31 '14 at 0:16
  • @PaulGaborit It's reopened now. – Mike Renfro Dec 31 '14 at 0:58

Here is an example.

You must compile this document with this two commands to get the two versions (students.pdf and teachers.pdf):

pdflatex -jobname=students '\def\student{}\input{main}'
pdflatex -jobname=teachers '\def\teachers{}\input{main}'

(The -jobname option defines the name of the produced PDF document. Ex: with -jobname=students option, the command produces students.pdf.)

The main.tex document (using etoolbox to simplify the test):

  {Content for teachers}
  {Content for students}
  • Could you explain the use of jobname? – Praxeolitic Jul 4 '16 at 12:53
  • @Praxeolitic Done... – Paul Gaborit Jul 4 '16 at 13:00
  • Looks like that was a silly question. I was confused and had thought it was part of getting the conditional to work. – Praxeolitic Jul 4 '16 at 13:04

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