How do I print and display tex, latex, dvi, and PostScript (ps) files?

Filetypes: .dvi, .pdf, .ps, .tex

The following is a useful list of commands that can be run at the Unix prompt

 tex TeX converts a TeX document into a DVI (Device Independant) document. 
latex LaTeX converts a LaTeX document into a DVI (Device Independant) document. LaTeX is a higher level language built on top of TeX. 
xdvi Displays a DVI document on an X display. 
dvips Converts a DVI document into a PostScript document. 
gs GhostScript and GhostView display a PostScript document on an X display. 
ghostview GhostScript and GhostView display a PostScript document on an X display. 
lpr Prints a PostScript document.
distill Creates an Acrobat File (.pdf) from a PostScript file.

File Extensions

 .tex TeX and LaTeX documents 
.dvi Device Independant file type 
.ps Adobe PostScript 
.pdf Adobe Acrobat format, commonly used for web and publication

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