[tex-live] Re: Please drop the DVI-with-pdfTeX hack!

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Wed Sep 7 23:00:25 CEST 2005

Thomas Esser wrote:

>Volker, Hans and Jerzy: by switching the engine in 2004, we have done
>an incompatible change. pdftex-dvi.tex has failed to "hide" this engine
>switch and caused other trouble. teTeX-3.0 is using the pdfetex engine
>since feb. 2005 without loading pdftex-dvi.tex and my experience was
>that this switch was almost painless.
>If you feel uncomfortable with this (after reading my above statement
>and the arguments of this thread), please feel free to convince me.
i don't use/need pdftex-dvi.tex so you got my blessing to remove it; i 
remember some discussion on the tex live list with regards to latex 
package writers using all kind of different tests so i cannot foresee 
implications for latex; on the other hand, one year of transition should 
be enough (too many other changes in pdftex anyway) so my guess is that 
you can drop it (maybe keep the file for plain tex users)


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