[tex-live] TL2004: Technical problems and testing
olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Wed May 12 23:56:59 CEST 2004
Karl Berry writes:
>> unprintable stuff spewed on a terminal, the terminal's status may get
>> thoroughly screwed.
> Here are my opinions:
> 1) for every release of Web2c TeX and TeX Live ever made, the default
> has been to use the locale-dependent isprint to determine whether to
> use ^^ notation for the log/tty output. Am I wrong about that?
> Assuming that is correct, I don't think we should change it for TL.
I believe it was added in 7.1, requested by Bernd Raichle. Since then
it has been heavily modified. I suspect that -- for the original
purpuse -- the current combination of TCX plus -8bit is a better match
> 1a) If the default for encTeX has always been to have 8-bit tty/log
> output, then by all means, that should remain true -- when the enctex
> extensions are enabled. I am assuming that enctex stuff is disabled
> by default. Is that correct?
Formally (from my p.o.v. at least) encTeX has only been recently added
to web2c. encTeX is disabled by default.
> 2) it is highly desirable for installers to be able to change this
> default, system-wide, with a config file option. Can they do so now?
> 3) it is highly desirable for users (and programs) to be able to
> override the installed default, with a config file/runtime option as
> Thomas suggests. Can they do so now?
The "default" is only affected by setting the locale. I'm not sure I
really want to pile on another set of flags modifying the behaviour.
Especially since I doubt we could reach agreement on what they'd have
> I do not like the idea of the output printability algorithm depending on
> the interaction mode.
> The question in my mind is the one te asked dak -- how was dak getting
> 8-bit output on the terminal with last year's release?
I suspect by fiddling with the locale.
> I guess we have to go through this stuff at least once a year, I hope
> this will be the time for this year :).
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