[tex-live] No room for a new \write

Philip & Le Khanh Philip-and-LeKhanh at Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org
Sat Mar 17 13:37:44 CET 2007

Frank Küster wrote:
> Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> wrote:
>> I don't think I have ever seen an example where there was a serious
>> need for more than 16 read or write allocators. I would like to see an
>> actual example of a document with no programming errors and with no
>> excessively sloppy handling of resources that still needs more than
>> 16 distinct read or write handles (simultaneously or sequentially).
>> I presume such a document is possible, but until I see a practical
>> example, I am very reluctant to support/do a change to eTeX. 
> I would have to dig through the archives, but I think I remember an
> example in de.comp.text.tex, and if I'm not mistaken it used a
> combination of various packages, one of which writes one file per
> chapter for chapterwise TOC, LOF, LOT.  4 chapters with three such files
> each gives already 12 files (sequentially), plus say an index, aux, log,
> out, ...

Yes, but did it /need/ to ?  Could it not have written
a record prefix to each record, indicating r\^ole and
origin, and then post-process these ?

Philip Taylor

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