[tex-live] Add rmpost in shell_escape_commands ??

Hironobu Yamashita h.y.acetaminophen at gmail.com
Wed Dec 26 13:12:56 CET 2018

Hi Karl,

> Back on this thread from May 2017 (sorry).
> [...]
>     > * "rmpost" (mpost -restricted)
> [...]
> I hope this is still relevant. I just committed a change (r49471) to TL
> to make these links at install time as usual. (I did nothing about Windows.)

I myself totally forgot about it, but thanks for the heads up.
Yes, that's still useful ;-)

> Is there any maintained web page with more information about
> (u)pmpost?

Nothing current.

>     > And also, would it be possible/safe to have "rmpost" added to
>     > shell_escape_commands again?
> I hope so, though I did not do any serious testing. I changed the source
> kpathsea/texmf.cnf to include rmpost. Should the other two be included
> too, or does it matter?

I don't think many people (even in Japan) are using (u)pmpost,
so you can omit those for texmf.cnf.

> I note there is a program "pmpost" which is some kind helper for the
> "Performance Co-Pilot"; it is installed in /usr/libexec/pcp/bin on
> CentOS7. Oh well. I also note the names "rmpost" and "rpmpost" look
> rather misleading (as in "remove post[something]", "rpm post[action]"),
> but nevertheless, I see no better convention to adopt.

Hmm... prefix "r-" instead of "r"? It will require rebuilding the binaries,
so if we can wait for 2019 ...


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