[tex-live] Win32 run from DVD, customization and paper size

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat Feb 10 01:30:01 CET 2007

2007/2/10, Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>:
> Hello Poti,
> Regarding paper sizes: it is true that the default paper size is
> included in the .fmt files.  Assuming you don't have to simultaneously
> both a4 and letter, you should build the .fmt's with the one you need
> and include them on your DVD as files like:
> texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/pdftex.fmt
> texmf-var/web2c/pdftex/pdflatex.fmt
I think that paper size should always be specified in each document.
if you give the document to someone else, you never know what will be
her default paper size. If I prepare a document just for myself, I
include a private package with my favourit macro definitions and with
paper size that suits to my printer.

> If you do have to support both a4 and letter simultaneously, I'm not
> sure what to suggest.  Have to have both fmts around and a front end
> that switches where the var tree is found, or something.  Very messy.
> You will also want to include the other config files (for dvips,
> dvipdfm[x], etc.) on your DVD.  I don't know the answer for dviout,
> sorry.
> (The !'s instead of arrows looks like a bug in tex4ht or TL's tex4ht
> configuration.  I can't deal now.  Maybe next time.)
> Hope this helps,
> Karl

Zdeněk Wagner

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