I am a bit confused because in the "good old days", the command latex seemed to create a dvi document.

Now, when I run latex, obviously pdflatex is run, even if I specify an output format:

C:\Users\jfabi\OneDrive\LaTeX>latex previewTest.tex -output-format=dvi
This is pdfTeX, Version 3.141592653-2.6-1.40.22 (MiKTeX 21.3)

Can somebody tell me how to generate a plain old dvi document from a tex source?

  • That's exactly what you will get using latex <name>: did you get a PDF? If so, something is up
    – Joseph Wright
    May 11 at 16:22
  • @JosephWright You see my command line output? I said latex and it answers with This is pdfTeX. May 11 at 17:53
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    pdftex can output both dvi and pdf. latex nowadays is pdftex + format latex + output dvi, while pdflatex is pdftex + format latex + output pdf. So look what you get. May 11 at 18:08
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    you don't need -output-format=dvi just using the command latex wil give you dvi (the banner will say pdftex as pdflatex and latex are the same binary) May 11 at 18:39
  • @DavidCarlisle Thank you for the clarification, I was just confused. May 12 at 12:35


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