[latexrefman-commits] [SCM] latexrefman updated: r856 - trunk

karl at gnu.org.ua karl at gnu.org.ua
Thu Dec 10 18:06:05 CET 2020

Author: karl
Date: 2020-12-10 19:06:05 +0200 (Thu, 10 Dec 2020)
New Revision: 856

mention -dev formats

Modified: trunk/ChangeLog
--- trunk/ChangeLog	2020-12-09 18:13:04 UTC (rev 855)
+++ trunk/ChangeLog	2020-12-10 17:06:05 UTC (rev 856)
@@ -1,3 +1,9 @@
+2020-12-10  Karl Berry  <karl at freefriends.org>
+	* latex2e.texi (@TeX{} engines): mention -dev formats.
+	From ltnews 30, October 2019; suggestion from
+	Pablo Gonzalez L, 28 Nov 2020 21:27:43.
 2020-12-09  Karl Berry  <karl at freefriends.org>
 	* latex2e.texi: no spaces around em-dashes; this is American English.

Modified: trunk/latex2e.texi
--- trunk/latex2e.texi	2020-12-09 18:13:04 UTC (rev 855)
+++ trunk/latex2e.texi	2020-12-10 17:06:05 UTC (rev 856)
@@ -382,7 +382,7 @@
 @end table
- at LaTeX{} also produces at least two additional files.
+ at LaTeX{} always produces at least two additional files.
 @table @code
 @item .log
@@ -449,13 +449,13 @@
 be read much more quickly than the corresponding @TeX{} source.
 This section gives a terse overview of the @TeX{} programs that are
-commonly available (see also at tie{}@ref{Command line}).
+commonly available (see also @ref{Command line interface}).
- at table @code
+ at ftable @code
 @item latex
 @itemx pdflatex
+ at findex etex @r{command}
 @cindex pdf at TeX{} engine
- at findex etex @r{command}
 @cindex e- at TeX{}
 @anchor{tex engines latex}
 In @TeX{} Live (@url{https://tug.org/texlive}), if @LaTeX{} is invoked
@@ -476,7 +476,6 @@
 assumed to be available in @LaTeX{}.
 @item lualatex
- at findex lualatex @r{command}
 @cindex Lua at TeX{}
 @anchor{tex engines lualatex}
 If @LaTeX{} is invoked via the system command @command{lualatex}, the
@@ -485,11 +484,9 @@
 (@url{http://luatex.org}) to interact with @TeX{}'s typesetting.
 Lua at TeX{} handles UTF-8 Unicode input natively, can handle OpenType
 and TrueType fonts, and produces a @file{.pdf} file by default.
-There is also @command{dvilualatex} to produce a @file{.dvi} file,
-but this is rarely used.
+There is also @command{dvilualatex} to produce a @file{.dvi} file.
 @item xelatex
- at findex xelatex @r{command}
 @cindex Xe at TeX{}
 @findex .xdv @r{file}
 @findex xdvipdfmx
@@ -506,13 +503,43 @@
 program, but this process is automatic.  The @code{.xdv} file is only
 useful for debugging.
- at end table
+ at item platex
+ at itemx uplatex
+These commands provide significant additional support for Japanese and
+other languages; the @code{u} variant supports Unicode.  See
+ at url{https://ctan.org/pkg/ptex} and @url{https://ctan.org/pkg/uptex}.
+ at end ftable
-Other variants of @LaTeX{} and @TeX{} exist, e.g., to provide
-additional support for Japanese and other languages ([u]p at TeX{},
- at url{https://ctan.org/pkg/ptex}, @url{https://ctan.org/pkg/uptex}).
+As of 2019, there is a companion @code{-dev} command and format for
+all of the above:
+ at ftable @code
+ at item dvilualatex-dev
+ at itemx latex-dev
+ at itemx lualatex-dev
+ at itemx pdflatex-dev
+ at itemx platex-dev
+ at itemx uplatex-dev
+ at itemx xelatex-dev
+ at cindex release candidates
+ at cindex prerelease testing
+These are candidates for an upcoming @LaTeX{} release. The main
+purpose is to find and address compatibility problems before an
+official release.
+These @code{-dev} formats make it easy for anyone to help test
+documents and code: you can run, say, @code{pdflatex-dev} instead of
+ at code{pdflatex}, without changing anything else in your environment.
+Indeed, it is easiest and most helpful to always run the @code{-dev}
+versions instead of bothering to switch back and forth. During quiet
+times after a release, the commands will be equivalent.
+These are not daily snapshots or untested development code. They
+undergo the same extensive regression testing by the @LaTeX{} team
+before being released.
+ at end ftable
 @node @LaTeX{} command syntax
 @section @LaTeX{} command syntax
@@ -16279,11 +16306,6 @@
 @cindex graphics
 @cindex graphics package
 @cindex configuration, graphics package
- at cindex EPS files
- at cindex JPEG files
- at cindex JPG files
- at cindex PDF graphic files
- at cindex PNG files
 These commands configure the way @LaTeX{} searches the file system for
 the graphic.

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