Convert LaTeX Files to DVI and PDF Files on Linux and OS X

For all the LaTeX users out there: most of you use some kind of LaTeX editor. Usually you can trigger inside such editor the conversion of your LaTeX-based document to e.g. a PDF file.

In case you use the terminal, you can do this two-step conversion by the following commands:

latex [TeX file]
dvipdfmx [DVI file]

The first command will convert your LaTeX file into a DVI file. With the second command you transform the DVI file to the more popular PDF format.