[tex-live] Bad .cfg files in TeX source tree?

Heiko Oberdiek oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de
Fri Jan 19 16:10:17 CET 2007

On Fri, Jan 19, 2007 at 03:45:18PM +0100, David Kastrup wrote:

> "Zdenek Wagner" <zdenek.wagner at gmail.com> writes:
> > 2007/1/19, David Kastrup <dak at gnu.org>:
> >> Jonathan Kew <jonathan_kew at sil.org> writes:
> >> ...
> >
> >> I think this is too complicated.  Packages should just check whether
> >> \pdfpagewidth is defined and set it if it is.
> >>
> >> Whether the actual engine is PDFTeX, XeTeX, Aleph or whatever else is
> >> rather irrelevant.
> >>
> > If \pdfoutput=0, \pdfpagewidth is available but has no effect.
> Setting it would nevertheless not do any harm.

It does harm:
* Who knows, how future versions of pdfTeX behave? It is reasonable
  to issue a warning or error if \pdfpagewidth and \pdfpageheight
  are used in DVI mode.
* The package thinks the setting of the page dimensions is successful
  without a chance for doing it right or issuing a warning/error at least.

Yours sincerely
  Heiko <oberdiek at uni-freiburg.de>

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