[texhax] Any crazy math formulas for testing a TeX language interpreter

Schneider schneidt at mail.nih.gov
Tue Jan 12 02:01:19 CET 2016


> I have a file that includes the test formulas for the original
> Boston Computer Society torture test that appeared in the Notices. 
> It is LaTeX but it would be easy enough to strip out the formulas.
> http://joshua.smcvt.edu/bcs/

That ran fine on Mac OS X 10.10.5:

> This is pdfTeX, Version 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.16 (TeX Live 2015)
> (preloaded format=latex)

However, page 8 Benchmark 7 has 4 disconnected bits floating around.

At first I thought that there's no way to know if the test gives the
result it should.  However, I unzipped the package again and
discovered that there is a bcs.pdf in there that I overwrite when I
ran the script.

It would be best to make a copy of that by hand "bcs-good.pdf" or
whatever so that it doesn't get overwritten when people run the test.

For folks who do the test, make a copy of bcs.pdf for comparison.

It turns out that Benchmark 7 failed on my system, the dots and
squiggles are gone, along with some equation parts.


  Thomas D. Schneider, Ph.D.
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