[OS X TeX] pdftex 1.20a

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Tue Oct 12 21:41:04 CEST 2004

On Oct 12, 2004, at 19:32, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> On Oct 12, 2004, at 1:22 PM, Stephan Hochhaus wrote:
>> on September 16 Gerben wrote that he's working on it. It would indeed 
>> be nice to get an update of how things are progressing-
> Gerben announced a "special experimental i-Directory" on October 3 on 
> the ii2-announce list. He stated:
>> This package contains everything that was in the old i-Package (a TeX 
>> setup based on TeX Live 2003 and teTeX 2.0.2), but it also contains 
>> an 'experimental' release based on TeX Live 2004 (golden master) and 
>> teTeX 2.95.6.
>> If you select Simple install, you will get the same as with the 
>> previous i-Package. But if you select Expert install, you can select 
>> the Experimental or the Stable version of TeX. Stable for instance 
>> has pdfTeX (Web2C 7.5.2) 3.141592-1.11a, while experimental has 
>> pdfeTeX 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.3).
> I am not sure he wants the whole list to know about this,

Umm, if I would, I would have posted it. I am done. I am just waiting 
for some test results to come in. What I have gotten in seems to 
suggest all is fine.

> so I won't say anything more about it (though it isn't hard to find if 
> you know where to look).
> Given your query, I expect he will be posting something to this list 
> giving us all an update.

Yes, go ahead. However, the new TeX i-Package requires a new 
i-Installer version (I decided to add some stuff to i-Installer in 
preparation of later updates to the i-Package which I hope will enable 
me to make the i-Package flexible enough to work as an update on top of 
an existing real TL2004 installation).

So, install i-Installer 2.67 first, then open the experimental TeX 

Known problem with TeX Live 2004: TL2004 was hit with a last minute bug 
in etex (and thus also in pdfetex) regarding right-to-left typesetting. 
If you do not use right-to-left, the current stuff is OK.

Another known problem: TL2004 is incompatible with the current XeTeX 
version. Jonathan Kew is working on it.

One important warning: the complete i-Package is now 140MB because it 
carries *two* complete TeX versions. One based on TL2003 + teTeX 2.0.2 
+ fixes, one based on TL2004 release candidate + teTeX 2.96.5 (teTeX 3 
release candidate). If you fatten this package, you will get everything 
(I am trying to keep ahead of the increase in bandwidth people 
experience ;-). But if you install it, only that what you have selected 
will be installed of course.


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