[pdftex] Acrobat reader presets.

John Culleton john at wexfordpress.com
Wed Apr 23 21:34:18 CEST 2003

On Wednesday 23 April 2003 06:30 pm, Andreas Matthias wrote:
> John Culleton wrote:
> > As it happens, I am not using plain tex but pdftex or Context,
> > depending on the task.
> I am very sure that you are not able to use pdftex as it without
> any macro package. And it seems that you don't even know the
> difference. How about showing us a document of yours that runs
> through `pdftex -ini'?
> Ciao
> Andreas

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I run my documents with the command 

pdftex mydoc.tex

There is indeed a binary program called pdftex. It is not link to another
program or a script like e.g., pdflatex. Check the ~/bin directory. 

When one reads the Pdftex Manual, which describes the program I am
using, it does not refer to "plain", or indeed to any separate format.
There is indeed a format called pdftex.fmt. But I execute the program
pdftex which uses that format as a default. This format is not the same
as plain tex. Much of the functionality of the old plain tex has been
incorporated in the pdftex binary.  

Since the binary progam name is pdftex and the format name is also pdftex and
the manual refers only to pdftex what then should I call what I am using? I
call it pdftex. Can you suggest a better name?

John Culleton

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