[tex-live] Correcting pdftex \magnification bug.
ihutch at mit.edu
Sat May 31 23:51:03 CEST 2008
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Since texlive is becoming the default TeX installation for linux (and
probably the rest of the world!) I want to urge you to fix the
several-year-old bug in pdftex.ini that leads to an incompatibility
between pdftex and any plain document that uses \magnification (and that's
a lot of them).
This bug arises only when producing pdf not when producing dvi. Because
pdftex uses different page sizing commands, an incorrect offset of
position is introduced into the pdf output. By replacing the (effectively
null) pdftex.ini that is currently included in texlive, with the attached
file, that bug is fixed.
Such corrective action is important because it restores the archival
integrity of TeX for prior files, as well as removing from authors any
necessity to take complicated and unnecessary action to obtain correct pdf
output from Plain TeX.
A thorough discussion of this bug may be found at
http://silas.psfc.mit.edu/pdftexpatch/ and especially by following the
link there to the long debate that arose about this problem archived at
http://www.codecomments.com/Tex/message784423.html. You will note that the
pdftex programmers' position in that debate is ultimately that fixing this
is the responsibility of the package maintainers not of the pdftex
Hope you agree that this simple fix is worth including in the
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