[tex-live] Re: Please drop the DVI-with-pdfTeX hack!

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Tue Sep 6 07:40:46 CEST 2005

karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) writes:

>     Doesn't that mean that even ifpdf.sty hasn't been adapted to work
>     with this hack?
> ifpdf.sty needs no adaptation.
>     What is your view instead, Karl?  
> That, what, five or six years of users doing \ifx\pdfoutput\undefined
> are not "wrong".  I think it's unfair to call it just "sheer luck" or a
> "bad assumption" that it worked.  That is (was) absolutely the standard
> way to detect whether pdftex was running.  Don't blame users for doing
> what everyone said to do, everyone else was doing, and when no
> reasonable alternative was available.

Uh, nonsense.  The whole point of \pdfoutput from the start was that
it could take two different values.  PDFTeX _never_ was PDF-only.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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