[tex-live] Bug in TexLive 2005 and 2007? Non-writable aux-file

Heiko Oberdiek oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de
Tue Mar 6 18:29:52 CET 2007

On Tue, Mar 06, 2007 at 06:07:02PM +0100, Frank Küster wrote:

> Philip & Le Khanh <Philip-and-LeKhanh at Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org> wrote:
> > OK, herewith VMS results (TeX 3.1415b)
> >
> [...]
> > As hypothesized, ex.tex;1 is still fine, but TeX has created
> > ex.tex;2 which is empty.
> But doesn't that mean that the essential part of the bug is present on
> VMS, too?  Shouldn't a non-buggy TeX create ex.aux;2?

It's more complicate. The error was, that "ex.aux" could not created.
Usually it is not the best error recovery strategy to repeat
the error. It will probably fail again, because most file systems
does not allow duplicate file names in the same directory.

The default action that takes \jobname is dangerous in case of
writing as the example of the OP shows.

And if the user tries to cancel the request for a file name,
then it would be nice, if already the openout action is
cancelled. Current behaviour is to open the file with default file
name (\jobname) and to cancel afterwards.

Yours sincerely
  Heiko <oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de>

More information about the tex-live mailing list