[tex-live] [NTG-pdftex] Runtime limitations on open files?

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Mon Aug 20 17:41:55 CEST 2007

David Kastrup wrote:
> Joachim Schrod <jschrod at acm.org> writes:
>> George N. White III wrote:
>>> I should mention that there are debian packages for the mingw
>>> cross-compiler.
>> For all the uninteresting flames, this is an important information
>> tidbit that I was not aware of. Thanks a lot for pointing that out.
> For both TeXlive and PDFTeX, this compiler fails because of missing
> header files.
> The missing header files where the PDFTeX compilation bombs out from
> the current PDFTeX sources _are_ present in the LuaTeX sources.
> So it would appear that Taco's ability to crosscompile LuaTeX is not
> just a case of figuring out the correct options to build.sh: more
> would appear to be required here.

That is correct, I had to make some changes to the build system and
some small patches to the source code. I have been working off Siep
Kroonenberg's patches for tetex:


These have been brought to the attention of the list a few times
already; nobody seems to care enough to integrate them for use with
texlive proper (myself included).

I have adjusted Siep's stuff so that it works for the core executables
I needed (tex/mp/mf) from tetex3/texlive, and also so that it does not
need re-autoconf to switch between cross and native (just re-configure
is good enough). The amount of code involved is fairly small, really.

> Even if it might prove too complex to provide this sort of setup for
> TeXlive2007, having it for PDFTeX might already help some people.

Starting from luatex, it should be simple enough to compile pdftex
in the same way. Just exchange luatexdir with pdftexdir, update the 
build.sh script, and you are nearly there, I think.

Best wishes,

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