[tex-live] tl-pretest: bug in .ini files

Petr Olsak petr at olsak.net
Wed Apr 13 19:59:33 CEST 2016

Joseph Wright wrote:

> There's a wider programming idea that 'data' and 'code' are often best
> separated, and parsing the older format of pdftexconfig.tex isn't
> particularly attractive.

Maybe, there exist a sed/grep etc. scripts for parsing the old format of 
pdftexconfig.tex. Now, somebody changes this file. This is totally unfair.
Please, keep the old format of pdftexconfig.tex. You cannot imagine how 
many automatons exist in various linux computers based on the old format 
of pdftexconfig.tex.

It is simple to share these data with LuaTeX. LuaTeX is able to set the 
old names of these seven primitives in \begingroup \endgroup environment, 
set \globaldefs=1 and do \input pdftexconfig, if needed. And all is more 

> pdfTeX has had the extensions for many years, and the standard
> format-building routine enables them. Indeed, it's pretty unusual to
> want no e-TeX but other additions:

"pdftex -ini" is default starting point for pdfTeX and this default does 
not indludes eTeX extensions. You cannot generalize what is "prety 
unusual" only from the state of your computer.


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