[tex-live] Having a .fmt for different engines

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Fri Jan 5 15:20:22 CET 2007

On Jan 5, 2007, at 14:58, Akira Kakuto wrote:

> Hi Jonathan,
>> The architecture is pretty much there to allow engine-specific
>> subdirs, and it seems like a sensible thing to do. If in a few years
>> time it proves to be redundant, it still won't be doing any harm.
> fmtutil in W32TeX saves formats in engine subdir.
> (Therefore, I and Staszek decided not to use it because of
>  the consistency with TL.)
> My fmtutil.cnf is like
> ...
> # Context formats:
> cont-en pdftex cont-usr.tex --etex --8bit cont-en.ini
> cont-en aleph cont-usr.tex --etex cont-en.ini
> cont-en xetex cont-usr.tex --etex cont-en.ini
> ...
> fmtutil --byfmt cont-en
> makes all three cont-en.fmt's:
> $TEXMFMAIN/web2c/pdftex/cont-en.fmt
> $TEXMFMAIN/web2c/xetex/cont-en.fmt
> $TEXMFMAIN/web2c/aleph/cont-en.fmt
> while
> fmtutil --engine xetex --byfmt cont-en
> makes only
> $TEXMFMAIN/web2c/xetex/cont-en.fmt
> There are only small number of options compared to the script for Unix:
> Commands:
>  --all                      recreate all format, base, mem files
>  --missing                  create all missing format, base, mem files
>  --byfmt formatname         (re)create format for `formatname'
>                             `base' and `mem' files can also be created
>  --byhyphen hyphenfile      (re)create formats that depend on 
> `hyphenfile'
>  --showhyphen formatname    print name of hyphenfile for format 
> `formatname'
>  --version                  show revision number
>  --help                     show this message
> Options:
>  --cnffile file             set configfile for fmtutil
>                             default is `fmtutil.cnf'
>  --fmtdir directory         set destination directory for format files
>                             `directory' must be an absolute path
>                             default is $TEXMFMAIN/web2c/$engine
>  --engine texengine         specify the TeX engine (with --byfmt 
> fmtname).
>  --log                      save log file(s) in the TEMP directory

It looks as if this is based on an older fmtutil (no enable etc) and 
for me it will be impossible to incorporate because my package scripts 
rely on the newer options. As I understand the situation now, 
unix-fmtutil will have subdir support as well.


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