[tex-live] TEXINPUTS, pdfTeX and texmf.cnf
Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Mon Sep 22 17:34:10 CEST 2003
On Monday, Sep 22, 2003, at 16:01 Europe/Amsterdam, Karl Berry wrote:
> Gerben, as Seb asked, which formats, specifically, are causing you
> support problems?
pdfamstex, but that one is only in the fmtuil.cnf I ship. I used to be
able to change the fmtutil.cnf without having to mess with the default
texmf.cnf. Then suddenly I got reports of problems from people and I am
not that deep into TeX internals that I immediately knew what was going
> I had the impression that everything relevant was already included in
> texmf.cnf. Are people really making up their own new formats? Surely
> anyone capable of doing that is capable of adding a line to texmf.cnf?
Well, what happens is that people have learned a recipe for creating a
new format (say something floating around on their institution) and
they do that (script kiddie level). And suddenly this stops working
after they have upgraded their installation through i-Installer and
then logically they contact me.
> Certainly it should be fixed, but ... now?
I would like it to be. I' d rather had the TEXINPUTS default to be
"find everything unless specifically forbidden" it is a friendlier
> That said, like Seb, I don't see any files under texmf/tex/pdftex that
> would cause a conflict. So if this is really causing a great deal of
> trouble for you, I guess we could try adding it to TEXINPUTS.
I cannot gauge the risks better than you can, but given that the most
important formats have their own TEXINPUTS variant, I guess the risk is
> (BTW, I don't know who created pdftexinfo.tex but it's really ancient
> history ...)
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