[pdftex] Plain TeX commands.
sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Mon Mar 28 18:37:38 CEST 2005
John R. Culleton wrote:
>Perhaps I was unclear. I am concerned with the specific "as
>distributed" pdftex program, the one I get when I type
what happens here depends on which TeX distribution you install.
it is not determined by the maintainers of pdfTeX.
>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.
indeed. its conventional to bind "pdftex" to "pdftex + preloaded plain
that's what I expect you to get
>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.
I am not aware of anyone who has prepared a subset of plain.tex.
It would seem slightly perverse.
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