[tex-live] Re: incremental pdf (was: Please enable ipc in tex)

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Mon Aug 2 15:41:39 CEST 2004

karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) writes:

>     why anything other than pdftex is still there and supported? As
>     "historical compatibility baggage"
> No, there are valid reasons for both routes.  pstricks, for example,
> cannot be supported in pdftex.

Nonsense.  Of course it works perfectly well with pdftex, as long as
you set \pdfoutput=0, thus taking the DVI->PS route that pdftex is
perfectly capable of supporting.

> This is not the right list for this discussion.

Since we are talking about what executables to include on the TeXlive
CD, I don't see why not.  But as far as I know (I have not followed
too closely), the discussion is more or less over (at least with teTeX
it was): for historical and legal reasons, the executable named "tex"
will run the TeX engine (with plain TeX and just US-American
hyphenation preloaded), everything else will run PDFeTeX.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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