[OS X TeX] etex versions
jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Mar 4 15:59:29 CET 2005
On 4 Mar 2005, at 2:39 pm, Joachim Kock wrote:
>> I believe (I'm sure someone will correct me if necessary) that it is
>> still possible, with Web2C 7.5.3, to build a "true" etex executable,
>> and this would also use .fmt as the format file extension.
>> However, teTeX-based distributions, at least, appear to be using the
>> single pdfetex executable, running with different options depending
>> on the wrapper name. So I don't know how likely it is that you'll
>> actually encounter such a version of etex, unless you specifically
>> choose to build it.
> Thanks again. Final question, just to make sure I understood it
> Web2C 7.5.2 is the last version where etex is an binary on its own
> (by default)
> Web2C 7.5.2 is the last version where etex uses .efmt extension
Yes, I think that's right.
Strictly speaking, I'm not sure that etex being a binary on its own is
directly related to the Web2C version. I suspect it's a function of a
separate thing, not indicated by any visible version numbers: the
configuration used in building the programs for teTeX. But maybe that
distinction isn't important for your purposes.
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