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

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Thu Apr 15 22:31:22 CEST 2004

At 22:09 15/04/2004, Staszek Wawrykiewicz wrote:
>On Thu, 15 Apr 2004, Vladimir Volovich wrote:
> > "HH" == Hans Hagen writes:
> >  HH> (another option is
> >  HH>    web2c/tex/....fmt web2c/etex/...fmt web2c/pdfetex/...fmt
> >
> > This looks even better to me!
>Ah, yet another directory structure :(

it probably fits in the concept of sub dirs (as with fonts); actually, it 
was the only solution so far to get formats with the same names for 
different engines in the tree; context does not use this somehow strange 
pdfcont-en.fmt mlcont-en.fmt econt-en.fmt scheme but just cont-en.suffix; 
so, it's about the right time to clean up this piece of the tree

>Anyway it'd need changes in texmf.cnf and mainly in fmtutil (it should
>made directory if needed). I don't mention changes in many documentations
>(kpathsea file types, etc. etc.).

those are minor compared to those for font related manuals since there are 
more users who install fonts than users who implement new tex engines -)

btw, changes in utilities/manuals never was a reason was it (else no 
changes would have taken place at all)

>I'd prefer just different extensions...

I suppose that both could work given the right pattern in the cnf file? The 
suffix solution is ok if we force new engines to use a new suffix.


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