[tex-hyphen] zerohyph.tex and hyph-utf8

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Sat Aug 23 00:10:19 CEST 2014

Hi Stephan,

    As /dev/null and NUL are not trivially portable, any objections to
    adding an empty file to TeX?

It would be nicer if you could solve your coding problem in some way
that does not require ongoing maintenance in the tree forever.  Like,
read from an empty string?  Write a temp empty file yourself and then
read from it?  Read a file and then throw away the string so that it
effectively appears empty?  (This whole thing seems quite bizarre to

If you insist on doing it your way, fine: create a package with your
desired empty file, upload it to CTAN, and it will get installed in the
normal course of things.  If whatever code you are writing is going to
end up being its own package, that would be a natural place for the
empty file you want.


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