[tex-live] texmf.cnf paths for format files

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Jan 19 08:54:31 CET 2007

On 19 Jan 2007, at 12:17 am, Karl Berry wrote:

>     TEXFORMATS = .;$TEXMF/web2c/{$engine,}//
> Why not.  I checked it in.
>     kpsewhich finds the pdftex- based formats by default (at least for
>     me; is this based on ASCII ordering?);
> AFAIK it's random (hash table order).  I get xetex first.

Ah well, that's still better than getting nothing for the other  
formats. When people really need to dig deeper, they'll have to learn  
about --engine.

>   (Of course if
> $engine is set, that dir will be searched first.)

Right, and so this isn't a problem when running the actual *tex engines.

> What troubles me is that kpsewhich --all cont-en.fmt still only  
> returns
> one .fmt.  Got broken somewhere along the line.  Plus --all isn't  
> in the
> --help string.  Oh well.  Next time.

Indeed. Not today.


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