# [tex-live] Re: pdfeTeX as the only engine

Fabrice Popineau Fabrice.Popineau at supelec.fr
Wed Jan 14 19:52:48 CET 2004

> On 2004-01-14 07:48:13 +0100, Staszek Wawrykiewicz wrote:
>> As I can see, this thread has been messed to both mailing lists...

> And now we should move it to the pdfTeX list. :-)

>> 1. (about the above) just only "very" short notes: a) even having
>> \pdfoutput=0 in the .ini file for XXX format generation, pdf(e)tex
>> still reads pdftex.cfg with output_format 1, so pdf is forced
>> anyway. In consequence, all users have to include the proper command
>> to all their existing input files. Objection!

> Accepted. But we have been discussing ways to specify the config file
> at the pdfTeX invocation -- that way this problem could be solved by
> having a pdtex-dvi.cfg and a pdftex-pdf.cfg

If the output mode is dumped in the format, why not remove it from the
.cfg file and put it in the .ini file. This way latex.fmt would set
output mode to 0 and pdflatex to 1 ... ?

Fabrice