[Mac OS X TeX] Format generation

Bruno Voisin Bruno.Voisin at hmg.inpg.fr
Tue Jul 10 17:35:00 CEST 2001

<x-flowed>Does anybody know how to make other formats than plain TeX and LaTeX 
available to TeXShop, so that you can just select the format name in the 
scroll-down "Programme" menu (in the French localization) and click on 
the button nearby to have a document composed (or use the "Composer" 

My problem is that for some time I must (publisher's choice!) use an old 
format based on plain and called cupplain (CUP aka Cambridge University 
Press). I suppose people willing to use AMS-TeX or eplain will 
experience the same problem.

After a bit of experimentation I was able to create the format itself 
(the .fmt file) by:

- modifying fmtutil.cnf (placing an updated version in 
~/Library/texmf/web2c/) by adding the lines
cupplain		tex		-	cupplain.ini
pdfcupplain	pdftex	-	pdfcupplain.ini

- creating cupplain.ini (based on 
/usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/tex/plain/config/tex.ini) and 
pdfcupplain.ini (based on 

- then running texconfig then texhash.

(I'm not quite sure all these steps are necessary.)

But now I don't know how to make TeXShop aware of the new format. I have 
attempted using the new "Script" preference (typing in something like 
"pdftex &pdfcupplain" or just "&pdfcupplain") then asking for "Tex", but 
everything I get is a blank console window.

In addition, I would like to have both the "Pdftex" and "Tex and 
Ghostscript" possibilities available for the new format.

Has anybody tried such devious things?


Bruno Voisin

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