[latexrefman] Hmm ...

Hefferon, Jim S. jhefferon at smcvt.edu
Fri Jun 29 13:14:53 CEST 2018

> > an incomplete commit

I meant that you made changes to a doc that I intended to go back and change myself.   But I hate to have a real lot of changes that is not committed because the other day I almost lost \strut when I tried to move it and the phone rang ... .  So I like to commit to save. (I suppose branches are the technical answer to that, but I'm not keen.)

For the same reason I committed a bunch today but will do more along the same lines when I get a chance.



From: Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2018 17:27
To: Hefferon, Jim S.
Cc: latexrefman at tug.org
Subject: Re: [latexrefman] Hmm ...

    Usage: pdftex [OPTION]... [TEXNAME[.tex]] [COMMANDS]

Now I understand. It's a feature I've never actually used -- more argv
after the first are treated as if they were a second (normal) line of input.

 pdftex story.tex '\message{x}'

does indeed \input story and then output "x". It's not specific to
pdftex. All the engines, including original tex, parse the command line
this way. I believe the behavior has been there essentially forever. (Of
course this was an extension in the Unix port, not anything done by

I guess it's worth mentioning, briefly, for the sake of the manual's
"reference" nature.

    for what was really an incomplete commit yesterday.

Oh, don't give it a second thought. If it's not obvious, I've been happy
to give over the document to you as you see fit.

    I removed latex-info from the to-do list.

Yay!!  --thanks so much, karl.

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