[tex-live] apparent bug in detex

Kristen Eisenberg kristen.eisenberg at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 27 13:12:34 CEST 2011

There appears to be a bug in the version of detex distributed with TL
2010. At least, I see the problem and it has been confirmed by others
on the mactex list. Essentially, detex removes the contents of
footnotes included as \footnote{this is a footnote} when running in
LaTeX mode.

So if my test file contains the line:
Test\footnote{ a footnote}  \emph{it} quickly.
then detex gives:
Test  a footnote  it quickly.
but detex -l gives:
Test   it quickly.
And the same problem occurs if LaTeX mode is selected automatically
for a LaTeX document. Others on the mactex list were responsible for
pinpointing the issue. I just found it didn't work as I expected.

I noticed this because I was getting significantly lower word counts
for a paper than I thought I should be. (TeXShop's statistics function
uses detex.)

Kristen Eisenberg
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