compliation failure of minimal latex documents

Phelype Oleinik phe.h.o1 at
Tue Feb 4 21:37:12 CET 2020

On Tue, Feb 4, 2020 at 5:28 PM Norbert Preining <preining at> wrote:
> Hi Joseph,
> > It doesn't break at present; no expl3, no attempt to load expl3.
> Hmm, but then why did happen what the OP posted?
> I only see a bug report that an empty latex document cannot be compiled,
> and that l3backend is tried to be loaded. If this happens, out of
> whatever reason, something is wrong.
> Ok, we always said that package-package requirements are not fully
> defined, and one needs to install the resp collection to get everything
> necessary.
> Could it be that the OP had
> - l3kernel (expl3.sty) installed
> - l3backend *not* installed
> ?

Exactly, that's what I was trying to say.

> In this case, we probably need a inter-package dep
>         l3kernel -> l3backend
> or similar

Yes, that's true. This dependency is already listed in the
entry for l3kernel.


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