[tex-live] Re: [tex-k] TeX finding filenames with spaces
sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Wed Jan 14 10:38:08 CET 2004
Staszek Wawrykiewicz wrote:
a) even having \pdfoutput=0 in the .ini file for XXX format generation,
> pdf(e)tex still reads pdftex.cfg with output_format 1, so pdf
> is forced anyway. In consequence, all users have to include
> the proper command to all their existing input files. Objection!
details, details. we can change the .cfg file
> b) for many users pdf as default output is not needed at all!
it would not be the default. it would depend on what command you used
> they still need reliable output in dvi/ps which can simply crash
> in the pdf way (not to mention professional usage -- playing
> with color separations, transformations, etc). Sorry, but PS has
> better defined definition than pdf, which is still in turn
> of changing.
hmm. I don't think history will support you. PostScript started off
clean, turned into an extended mess, and now looks frozen. PDF started
clean, and has remained clean, with incremental development. more or
> c) I'm not against changing the main engine to pdfetex for all formats
> provided that _all_ can use it as replacement of the TeX engine,
> not only us, developers.
why would that be hard to deliver?
> d) TeX engine and Plain should be also kept on TL.
no-one mentioned killing plain (yet!). the TeX engine can
remain in source form for archaeologists
> e) I know the ideas expressed by Fabrice and Seb, but I think
> that we still should provide all that metafont mess which you hate.
> Otherwise, we have to change 'TeX Live' name to 'PDFeTeX Live' ;-}
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