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Kpathsea: A library for path searching

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3.4.3 Database format

The "database" read by Kpathsea is a line-oriented file of plain text. The format is that generated by GNU (and most other) ls programs given the `-R' option, as follows.

For example, here's the first few lines of `ls-R' (which totals about 30K bytes) on my system:

 
bibtex
dvips
fonts
ls-R
metafont
metapost
tex
web2c

./bibtex:
bib
bst
doc

./bibtex/bib:
asi.bib
btxdoc.bib
...


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