[pdftex] Incorrect "help" text in pdftex

Victor Ivrii vivrii at gmail.com
Sat Feb 8 23:38:37 CET 2014

On Sat, Feb 8, 2014 at 2:55 AM, Byron Hawkins <byronh at uci.edu> wrote:

> Hi, thanks for the great program, I just found a problem with the "help"
> text. When I type "pdftex --help", it states the following:
>     -output-directory=DIR   use existing DIR as the directory to write
> files in
> But in fact pdftex takes the "=" symbol to be part of the directory name.
> So if I execute:
>     pdftex -output-directory=build/
> the program exits with an error that there is no such directory (it just
> says "I can't write on the file"). But if I run
>     pdftex -output-directory build/
> then it works. So the help text is wrong. The equals sign gets removed.
> Probably the same for all the other "help" entries that indicate an equals
> sign. Thanks.
> Byron

On MacOSX and RHEL everything is fine. Probably the problem is with Debian

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Victor Ivrii
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