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General Advice

Read the section Features Not Implemented in the manual first.

Note: if you happen to read this on BitBucket, the error messages some lines below just mean that their implementation doesn’t understand |TeX| directives. Don’t worry, |rstcontext| does.


The stable version -- with ConTeXt Standalone

An up to date version of the module is installed along with the ConTeXt distribution (Standalone, formerly known as The Minimals). The module should be working out of the box if you installed from the official source and specified the parameter --modules=all.

The development version -- from the Mercurial repository

The module package is built using opam which you can install via your distribution’s package manager or through OPAM.

opam install omake

Now retrieve the repository using Mercurial:

hg clone

You should end up with a directory context-rst containing the bare source code. In order to build the manual, you already need |rstcontext| installed -- a minor inconvenience that may vanish in a future release. Assuming you have downloaded the module as part of your distribution -- see the previous section for details --, you can now build the package using these commands:

cd context-rst
omake tds

This will build the manual and package a zipball in the build/ subdirectory that you can extract directly into your Context TEXMF. If you are curious about the repository then issue

omake usage

to print a list of available targets.

Manual installation from the packaged zipballs

The source repository can be downloaded as a .zip archive from BitBucket (see the downloads section). This zipball extracts into a TDS compliant directory tree that can be extracted directly into the Context TEXMF. For example, if your Context distribution is located in ~/context, then unzip the archive into your local TEXMF like so:

cd ~/context/tex/texmf-local/
unzip /path/to/
context --generate

The zipballs are usually provided only for the releases that are uploaded to CTAN and the Context Garden.


As |rstcontext| was developed on texlua, you may expect it to run best with this Lua interpreter. For now the script accepts two command line arguments: the input file and the output file. The following snippet will demonstrate the main usage in a separate directory. Assuming the contents of the TDS zipball were extracted to the current directory you can build the documentation manually like so:

mkdir tmp; cd tmp
mtxrun --script rst --if=../doc/context/third/rst/documentation.rst --of=doc.tex
context ../doc/context/third/rst/manual.tex

Alternatively, if you downloaded the Mercurial repository, simply issue

mkdir tmp; cd tmp
mtxrun --script rst --if=../doc/documentation.rst --of=doc.tex
context ../doc/manual.tex

If |rstcontext| is currently not installed in your Context tree, then you can just link the required file to the tmp directory:

ln -s ../src/* .

Now the documentation should build regardless.

This should have gotten you the manual converted to a file doc.tex which was subsequently included by manual.tex which was run through |CONTEXT| to typeset the final manual.pdf. You will find extended instructions on how to build the manual with some cosmetic improvements in the section Usage of the manual itself.

Also Part of the package is a small module t-rst.mkiv which permits direct typesetting of reStructuredText markup in |CONTEXT| MkIV source files. For usage examples see the files hybridtest.tex and moduletest.tex in the doc subdirectory.


|rstcontext| is free software and may be redistributed under the terms of the 2-clause BSD license. You should have recieved a copy of this license in a file named “COPYING” in the source tree. If there is no such file then please contact the maintainer (Contact).


|rstcontext| was written by Philipp Gesang, phg42.2a at gmail dot com.