[luatex] ini files for TL 2009

Ulrike Fischer luatex at nililand.de
Fri Apr 17 12:46:42 CEST 2009

Am Fri, 17 Apr 2009 11:03:02 +0200 schrieb Taco Hoekwater:

>> But I think that names should reflect the behaviour. 
> That would assume dviluatex and pdfluatex, and no luatex.ini
> at all (and actually that would be fine by me).

For me too ;-)

> I know you are concerned with backward compatibility with pdftex,

No, not really. I don't believe in complete backward compatibility
anyway. My only concern is to avoid confusion. I have passed hours
to explain people that the fact that latex is using "pdftex" as the
underlying engine doesn't mean that you can't produce a dvi. And I
have seen longish discussions about the difference between the
engine "pdftex" and "pdfTeX" (meaning plain format). 

> but the fact is that luatex's dvi mode is worthless whenever
> fonts in opentype format are being used. And the new font support is
> the most important argument for using luatex in the first place,
> so insisting on dvi output seems somewhat backward to me.

I'm not generating dvi much, but in certain cases it is useful. E.g.
to test if a font problem is on the "tex" side or the driver side.
With xetex I sometimes use xetex --no-pdf and generate a (complete
useless) xdv only to shorten compilations step currently not needed.
And there is still pstricks. 

Ulrike Fischer 

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