[tex-live] kpsewhich and format files

Martin Schröder martin at oneiros.de
Thu Apr 11 14:31:14 CEST 2013

2013/4/11 Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>:
> How can I get kpsewhich in a TeXLive 2012 to show me the path of a
> format file, e.g. pdflatex.fmt? Is it even possible?

>From kpsewhich --help:

When looking up format (.fmt/.base/.mem) files, it is usually necessary
to also use -engine, or nothing will be returned; in particular,
-engine=/ will return matching format files for any engine.

>kpsewhich -engine=pdftex pdflatex.fmt


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