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

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 21:00:13 CEST 2016

2016-04-13 19:59 GMT+02:00 Petr Olsak <petr at olsak.net>:

> 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.

sed/grep and other tools are not available in Windows, they will have to be
compiled and distributed with TL. I now that GNU utilities have already
been compiled for Windows and can be downloaded from somewhere but normal
Windows users do not have them.

> 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
> simple.
> 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.
> Petr

Zdeněk Wagner
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