[tex-live] TL2004: Technical problems and testing
karl at freefriends.org
Wed May 12 23:07:41 CEST 2004
unprintable stuff spewed on a terminal, the terminal's status may get
Here are my opinions:
1) for every release of Web2c TeX and TeX Live ever made, the default
has been to use the locale-dependent isprint to determine whether to
use ^^ notation for the log/tty output. Am I wrong about that?
Assuming that is correct, I don't think we should change it for TL.
1a) If the default for encTeX has always been to have 8-bit tty/log
output, then by all means, that should remain true -- when the enctex
extensions are enabled. I am assuming that enctex stuff is disabled
by default. Is that correct?
2) it is highly desirable for installers to be able to change this
default, system-wide, with a config file option. Can they do so now?
3) it is highly desirable for users (and programs) to be able to
override the installed default, with a config file/runtime option as
Thomas suggests. Can they do so now?
I do not like the idea of the output printability algorithm depending on
the interaction mode.
The question in my mind is the one te asked dak -- how was dak getting
8-bit output on the terminal with last year's release?
I guess we have to go through this stuff at least once a year, I hope
this will be the time for this year :).
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