[pdftex] How to change Producer value?

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Sun Feb 16 23:41:22 CET 2003

At 11:30 PM 2/15/2003 +0100, Heiko Oberdiek wrote:
>On Sat, Feb 15, 2003 at 10:15:09PM +0100, Andreas Matthias wrote:
> > ruu at pacbell.net wrote:
> >
> > > How do I change the 'Producer' property for a PDF file created
> > > with PDFLaTeX, which I am using as part of the Miktek
> > > installation for Windows? I get 'MiKTeX pdfTeX 1.10a' even
> > > though I have specified something different.
> >
> > MikTeX changed the Producer Key? Well, this is not very nice.
> > I think one should appreciate the Producer Key. However, if
> > MikTeX is not blamed for that, there should be no problem to
> > change it again.
> >
> > In file pdftex.ch delete line number 4499:
> >
> >   @<Print the Producer key@>;
> >
> > Then recompile pdftex. That`s all. Now you can set the Producer
> > Key with \pdfinfo.
>Then the field /Producer will be missing, if it will not be
>set later. I think, it is not a shame to be typesetted by
>pdfTeX, in contrary, pdfTeX is a very powerful program :-)))
>   Therefore a default for /Producer, /Creater, /CreationDate
>should be given in my opinion. And on the other hand,
>if there is a need for more specific settings, this also should
>be possible.
>   My suggested patch tries to detect keys, set by the user,
>and supresses then the default values, see my other postings
>for details to avoid "undefined" states of the PDF file.

the producer is pdftex and should not be changed; i can imagine extending 
the description (pdftex ...) but as you rightfully say, it's no shame to 
mention pdftex. Personally i also thing it's bad to overload/hide the name 
'pdftex', users should at least give tex/thanh this credit (instead of 
pretending that they wrote the pdf producing program themself).

So, i wonder, does your patch replace /Producer or extend it?

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