[tex-live] Make the extensions for formats different for each engine.

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Thu Apr 15 22:36:52 CEST 2004

At 20:17 15/04/2004, Thomas Esser wrote:
> > Another way to enable peaceful coexistence that has been proposed is
> > to separate the formats in subdirectories like this:
> >       texmf/web2c/tex
> >       texmf/web2c/etex
> > Each of these directories would be conform to an engine.  For that to
> > work best, we could have the engines define $engine like they define
> > $progname these days, and have something like
> >       TEXFORMATS = .;$TEXMF/web2c/{$engine,}//
> > in the texmf.cnf.
>Sure, that would work. I somehow like the other solution more (using
>different extensions). My feeling is that this is easier/less tricky.

Just curious: isn't this sorted out by the kpse library? There is no 
fundamental difference between loading cmr10.tfm and whatever.fmt from the 
perspective of tex, is there, since the combination engine+settings 
determine the search?


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