[tex-k] Re: mpost --parse-first-line

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Sun Apr 11 12:58:00 CEST 2004

Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> writes:

> The --parse-first-line option has always been a bit problematic
> because it does not allow to change the engine.
> In the latest teTeX beta, everything except tex itself (and omega) is
> now based on pdfetex.
> This means that if the header of a metapost file looks like
> verbatimtex
> %&latex
> then tex is launched, but latex depends on pdfetex now.
> In my opinion the only reliable solution is to use the exec system
> call to run the required program.

It's used anyway.  You probably mean that it should explicitly do

latex &latex

instead of

tex &latex


David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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