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

Philip TAYLOR P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue Oct 27 11:38:21 CET 2009

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:

> Note that is it sort of the current situation: uberTeX is called
> 'tex -shell-escape' :-)

OK, but is it not the case that, unless instructed otherwise,
the TeX Live installer can/will install that option and make
it the default, such that a user thereafter invoking just
"TeX" will in fact get "TeX -shell-escape" ?  IMHO, this is
the most dangerous aspect : by all means require the user
to explicitly type "TeX -shell-escape" (or "uberTeX"), but
never never never set up the system such that the same effect
may thereafter be achieved simply by typing TeX ...

** Phil.

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