[tex-live] Re: Aleph versioning

Giuseppe Bilotta bilotta78 at hotpop.com
Wed Sep 1 15:09:38 CEST 2004

Fabrice Popineau wrote:
> Could you consider including the following patch? It makes Aleph banner more
> consistant with the other engines. Also, the lib/printversion.c C code
> parses your banner, but assumes that there is no space char in it (which is
> not true in your case), so 'aleph --version' results in incorrect output.

May I offer a counter proposal?

I think that the various version_strings should *not* contain 
the leading hyphen, so I would rather change the banner to read

> @d banner=='This is Aleph, Version 3.141592-',Omega_version_string,'-',eTeX_version_string,'-',Aleph_version_string {printed when \TeX\ starts}

but I would rather not touch the version_strings (except for 
the Aleph_version_string so as to remove the space).

I've seen that e-TeX, pdf-TeX etc go the "leading hyphen" way 
too. For them, I would suggest putting the hyphens in the 
'constant' string of the banner, removing them from the version 

What do you think?

Giuseppe "Oblomov" Bilotta

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