[tex-live] Building pdflatex

Zdenek Wagner zdenek.wagner at gmail.com
Sat Mar 24 20:46:31 CET 2018

latex and pdflatex executables exist on Windows only but as a wrapper
written in lua which calls pdftex with &formatname. On unix systems
(including Mac) these are just symlinks to pdftex. If you use unix system,
then cd to the executable directory and do:

ln -s pdftex latex
ln -s pdftex pdflatex

Zdeněk Wagner

2018-03-24 20:31 GMT+01:00 pilot constatinus <constatinus at gmail.com>:

> Acctually, what was really going on was that pdftex &latex was just
> running 'latex'. After i uninstalled the repo version and installed the
> compiled one, i got suspended tty input... I still don't have
> latex/pdflatex executable compiled. Why is this?
> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 11:10 PM pilot constatinus <constatinus at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I was also thinking the same, but didn't quite catch that in the man
>> page. Thanks very much!
>> On Fri, Mar 23, 2018, 10:49 PM Justin C. Walker <justin at me.com> wrote:
>>> > On Mar 23, 2018, at 15:24 , pilot constatinus <constatinus at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > Hi, dear texlive. I was wondering how can i build pdflatex, a latex
>>> compiler for pdf. Even if i built my tl with ./configure --enable-all-pkgs,
>>> under texk/web2c there is no pdflatex, only pdftex and some other tools.
>>> How is it that i can find this only in debian repository and cant build it
>>> myself? I have acctually downloaded the source texlive-full from the repo
>>> and i dont seem to know how to do anything with it. Thanks in advance.
>>> pdflatex is actually a symbolic link to pdftex (at least on Unix-like
>>> systems).  This means that the actual program will behave as Philip
>>> describes, and decides this by looking at the name by which it is invoked.
>>> HTH
>>> Justin
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>>> Institute for the Enhancement of the Director's income
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