[metapost] MPlib beta 1.080

Dan Luecking luecking at uark.edu
Thu Jul 3 19:49:43 CEST 2008

At 03:30 AM 7/3/2008, Karel Horák wrote:
>Hans Hagen napsal(a):
>>% Used by makempx to run TeX.  We use "etex" because MetaPost is
>>% expecting DVI, and not "tex" because we want first line parsing.
>>TEX = etex
>>maybe you also need to set the TEX variable
>Isn't true that tex = pdfetex (in the last two TL distributions),
>the same engine used for all usual tasks?

I believe an effort is made to kep tex pure in TeXLive 2007.
Of course, in Windows, all versions of tex are stubs that merely
call an appropriate DLL. However, tex.exe calls tex.dll whereas
etex, pdftex and pdfetex call pdftex.dll.

So, in some significant sense, tex is not pdfetex. I think that was
not necessarily the case in earlier TeXLives.


Daniel H. Luecking
Department of Mathematical Sciences
University of Arkansas
"Dubito ergo cogito, cogito ergo sum" --Descarte

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