[tex-live] Status of restricted \write18 and epstopdf conversion

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Tue Oct 27 11:33:46 CET 2009

Philip TAYLOR a écrit :
> I support Manual's point of view, and -- to my mind -- there
> would be considerable benefit in actually calling the "sh"
> variant of TeX something other than TeX.  TeX should never
> (IMHO) communicate with the O/S through the medium of \write
> 18; if communication with the O/S through \write 18 is
> required, then a separate program should be invoked, which
> we might call (for example) uberTeX.  No users would ever
> then inadvertently process a Trojan-laden document, since
> the use of uberTeX would have to be a conscious decision
> by that user.
Note that is it sort of the current situation: uberTeX is called
'tex -shell-escape' :-)


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