# [tex-k] Web2C: "-parse-first-line" does not work in on-line file prompt.

Igor Liferenko igor.liferenko at gmail.com
Sun Sep 23 07:13:06 CEST 2018

```Karl,

This is an error that format passed in argument list via "&" is not
displayed in banner.
Explanation follows.

on terminal: when it is known which format will be loaded, it is OK to
display it in advance. (When it is not known which format will be
loaded---when tex is started without arguments---it is OK to display
default format.)

In all cases, except when format is specified via "&" in argument
list, the above rule holds.

This is the example of the exceptional case where logic does not work:

\$ tex -ini plain \\dump
\$ tex \&plain story
This is TeX, Version 3.14159265 (preloaded format=tex)
...

A check like this could fix this: if "(*argv[1] == '&')" then after