[texhax] AMSTeX installation

Barbara Beeton bnb at ams.org
Wed Jul 1 15:00:47 CEST 2009

    I wish to try a feature of AMSTeX (in particular, I wish to try the poor
    man's bold font), but without actually installing it in my system yet.

steve schwartz has already answered with the
macro for \pmb .  the amstex definition is
based on knuth's.

    Can any AMSTeX user out there suggest how to perform a local installation
    of the AMSTeX files (in the home directory), just to get it a try?

if your tex installation is based on tex live,
then amstex is already on your system.  i'm
assuming that you really mean *ams-tex* and
not *ams-latex*.

structure your file like this:

  \input amstex


you can get a brief manual for ams-tex via a
link at
it shows only the basics though, not specific
commands like \pmb .

if you really meant ams-latex, \pmb is defined
in the amsbsy package, so
will make it available to you.
							-- bb

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