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

Philip & Le Khanh Philip-and-LeKhanh at Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org
Sun Jan 7 17:20:07 CET 2007

I don't understand how this can work, Thomas : let's say
there's some tool that (a) calls INiTeX with parameter
string "plain \dump"; then (b) renames the resulting
format file "tex-plain.fmt".  When the user next invokes
TeX, TeX will expect to find "plain.fmt" in an
element of TeX_formats : but it won't be there,
because it has been renamed using the $engine-$format

** Phil.
Thomas Esser wrote:
>> There is one program that you cannot change to
>> achieve this, and that is TeX itself.  TeX is
> I was talking about tools, and scripts/tools could either
> pass -jobname=foo option or rename tex.fmt to foo.fmt.
> Thomas

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