[tex-live] ConTeXt formats
jonathan_kew at sil.org
Thu Jan 11 17:58:28 CET 2007
On 11 Jan 2007, at 4:27 pm, Peter Münster wrote:
> Hello Jonathan,
> why did you reintroduce the ConTeXt formats in
> Build/source/texk/web2c/fmtutil.in ?
> I've understood from the discussion the last days, that the ConTeXt
> should be generated by "texexec --make" and not by fmtutil.
The problem with this is that if a user, with a fresh TL installation
and no pre-built formats, tries to run a trivial context job:
it will fail completely. Unfortunately, texexec isn't smart enough to
check for format availability and build it if required.
In discussion with Karl over the past couple of days, we decided that
to avoid this breakage, it was necessary to support context formats
via fmtutil; moreover, fmtutil is patched so that it installs the
formats in engine-specific subdirectories.
With the latest patch, the above command will still fail (fixing this
would require additional work with a greater risk of disruption, and
probably shouldn't be attempted now), but it will correctly build the
format files. This means that if the user re-tries the texexec
command, it will run successfully. Not ideal, but better than nothing.
Context users can still use "texexec --make" to pre-build the formats
if they wish, of course. Or they can use "fmtutil --byfmt cont-en" or
> At the moment I'm preparing a texlive spec file for rpm, and I
> prefer not
> to patch fmtutil.in if it's possible, that means, I would like to
> Thanks for adding $engine to texmf.in !
> Cheers, Peter
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