# [tex-eplain] different hyphenation patterns (recommended way of handling)

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Wed Oct 22 02:15:13 CEST 2008

```    If I don't build the format myself (I'm using TexLive-2008)

Since you are using TL08, you can just run "etex" (or "pdfetex").  They

how can I find out which language number selects which language?

What I did for Texinfo was look at the etex.log file created during TL
installation.  That tells the language names available -- and the
numbers, but it shouldn't be necessary (or desirable) to use the numbers
directly.  All you need to do is set \language.  For example:
\global\language = \lang at ngerman

(Ideally, you should also adjust \{left,right}hyphenmin.)

As for your original question, how all this fits in with Babel -- Babel
supposedly works under plain, so you should just be able to \input
babel.sty (or something)?  (As you discovered, Eplain's \beginpackages