[tex-live] ngerman.sty - Undefined control sequence

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Fri Aug 3 19:07:09 CEST 2018

Hi Helmut,

You reported (19 July) that running
eplain ngerman.sty
    ! Undefined control sequence.
    \declare at robustcommand ...\csname \bbl at stripslash

I believe it's an oversight in babel's bplain, and reported it at

As DavidC said (20 July, but you may not have seen it), a workaround is
to make \DeclareTextSymbol undefined when reading ngerman.sty. Then
ngerman takes a completely different branch that doesn't involve the
latex cmds:

\input ngerman.sty


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