[tex-k] crippled TeX package
komornic at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 21 09:06:19 CEST 2009
Karl and friends,
this is regarding the recent post by Pierre.
I have just checked several of my systems.
Several months ago, I installed TeXlive2008 on a new laptop that runs
Windows XP. while the installation went quite well, and I am happy with
all of the features, there is NO initex installed that I can find.
This is TeXlive2008.
More recently, I installed Fedora Linux on an older machine. The installation
indicates that this is TeXlive2007. From what I can tell both Fedora 9 and
Fedora 10 provide TexLive2007. Again all inquiries show that there is NO
This was installed from the installation RPM's that Fedora provides. I was
also surprised to find that while the Windows TeXlive did provide a tlmgr
utility (rather useful) the Fedora distribution did not have such a utility.
All that I could find was the old utilities that are from the Thomas Esser
teTeX distributions. (thank you Thomas !!)
This is just my 2cents worth. I still have an installation
(thank you Fabrice) circa 1999-2000.
This one does have initex (on Windows )
At 05:19 PM 7/19/2009, Karl Berry wrote:
>Sorry, what FC10 does is not up to us. You'll have to ask them.
>Every distro likes to mess around with TeX in their own way.
>As you may know, TeX Live does include initex, but the fmtutil.cnf we
>use does not call initex, it ends up running "tex -ini" or "pdftex -ini"
>I'll check what happens when our fmtutil is called on a nonexistent
>engine. But I doubt Fedora is using an unmodified fmtutil anyway.
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