# [tex-live] fwd: \delta in overfull \hboxes screws up xterm

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Wed Jul 14 10:29:15 CEST 2004

Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> writes:

> On Wed, 14 Jul 2004 05:23:03 +0200, Thomas wrote:
>
> > Please, have a look at the forwarded mail. Paul Vojta shows a problem
> > consider that Paul did not follow the discussion in may/june on the
>
> Neither was I, and the archive for TeXlive seems to be broken so I cannot
> read back the old discussion. But luckily that doesn't stop me from having
> a say about it :)
>
> TeX's behaviour in this situation is, IMO, broken, and I would personally
> prefer fixing TeX, instead of disabling 8bit :
>
> The user *did not* input the character corresponding to ^^J, but the
> 6 characters comprising the string "\delta". The fact that someone
> \mathcode-ed the character ^^J to mean the same thing as the
> \mathchardef named \delta should not have an effect on the printing
> of the control sequence "\delta".

There is no such control sequence.  This is the output from an
overfull hbox message.  It contains only nameless characters.
Whether they were produced by \mathcode, \char, \delta, whatever is
not known anymore.

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