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prepmx - preprocessor for PMX, easy music typesetting program

prepmx [options] jobname [outdir/] [stylefile]

M-Tx is an easy to use preprocessor language for the PMX music typesetting program, aimed at people who are not experts. For an easy example, have a look at the following example:

c2+ e4 g | b4d- c1 d c2 |
c8 g+ e g c- g+ e g | d g f g c- g+ e g |

For syntax reference, please look at the M-Tx manual written by Dirk Laurie, the creator of the M-Tx language and the author of prepmx(1), its command-line utility.

prepmx processes the file jobname.mtx to generate jobname.pmx. You can then process this file using the pmxab(1) command, which is a preprocessor for MusiXTeX.

outdir/ is the directory where `pmx' will put the final .tex file. Note that the trailing slash is mandatory. You can provide a stylefile for M-Tx. If omitted, the file `mtxstyle.txt' in the current directory is used, if there is one.

Options can also be specified in a `Options:' line in the preamble, which takes precedence over the command line.

disable unbeamVocal
disable doChords
enable debugMode
enable solfaNoteNames
enable ignoreErrors
disable doLyrics
enable instrumentNames
disable doUptext
disable uptextOnRests
enable beVerbose
enable pedanticWarnings
select Special Case n
print enabled status of all options

If no error was found, prepmx exits with return code 0. In case of an error, the line number of the processed line is returned. This may not always be the line containing the actual error. A return status of 10000 means that the input file was empty or could not be opened.

M-Tx User's Guide (mtxdoc.pdf)
pmxab(1), musixtex(1)

prepmx was written by Dirk Laurie <>. This manual page was written by Roland Stigge <> for the Debian project. It was revised and extended by Nis Martensen <> and Bob Tennent <>.

08 January 2018 M-Tx Version 0.63