[pdftex] Plain TeX commands.
John R. Culleton
john at wexfordpress.com
Mon Mar 28 18:25:59 CEST 2005
On Monday 28 March 2005 03:20 pm, Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> John R. Culleton wrote:
> >Pdftex is based on the original TeX plus plain.tex combination as
> >described in the TeXbook.
> No. pdfTeX is an extended TeX engine. If you load
> the plain TeX macros, that's up to you.
> >My question is this: laying aside \special commands for the
> >moment, are there plain TeX cammands that no longer exist at all
> >in pdftex?
> you should think of primitives, not "plain TeX". pdftex
> does not take away any primitives, but simply adds some
> There is no complicated gotcha here.
Perhaps I was unclear. I am concerned with the specific "as
distributed" pdftex program, the one I get when I type
In that package I find that most plain tex commands still work. For
example \bye is really a plain tex macro, and not a primitive.
Yet it seems to work.
It is entirely possible that the pdftex program as distributed
has all the plain tex commands included, But maybe it has only a
subset of plain tex. That is the purpose of my question. I am
concerned with the base+format version of pdftex that comes with
the standard distributions, like Miktex or TeXlive.
I am aware that availability does not correspond to usefulness.
At the moment however I am starting with the question of
Able Indexers and Typesetters
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