[tex-live] latex-2.09 in TeXLive

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Oct 26 22:43:35 CEST 2011

2011/10/26 Philip TAYLOR (Webmaster, Ret'd) <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk>:
> Bob Tennent wrote:
>> I need to re-create this format for use on legacy sources (1000s of
>> lines).
>> How do I do it in a modern TeXLive installation?
> I think you would have to de-populate the TeXMF/TeX tree(s) and
> repopulate them from very early TeX Live releases on CD/DVD,
> then endeavour to rebuild the LaTeX 2.09 format.  I probably
> have all TeX Live CDs going back to shortly before Noah
> started caulking his arc, so ask if you need back issues.
In principle, it is easy, but may require some work. Back years ago
LaTeX 2.09 and 2e lived together. There were two subdirectories in
TEXINPUT, one for 2.09, another for 2e. You will have to create 2.09
tree, put the files specific to 2.09 there and modify texmf.cnf.
Afterwards you write your fmtutil-local.cfg with the commands for
creation of the 2.09 format and generate the format by fmtutil(-sys).
Remember that new versions of packages may not work with 2.09, be sure
that you have the old versions and put them to the 2.09 tree. If you
are on a Unix system, it may be easier not to try to build 2.09 in the
lates TeX Live but install a complete old TeX Live where LaTeX 2.09
still existed. You can switch between TL versions just by changing
PATH. I probably have most CD/DVD's, so I could put their ISO images
to my webserver too.

> Philip Taylor

Zdeněk Wagner

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