[tex-live] Intentional deletions in texmf-dist/tex/plain/misc rather than move?

Dan Luecking dluecking at sbcglobal.net
Thu Feb 27 22:41:24 CET 2014

On Thu, Feb 27, 2014, at 00:09:21 CET, Karl Berry wrote:

>When I looked at pdfcolor.tex, it is clearly an example document, not
>something that someone would want to \input (much less \include), since
>it redefines \makeheadline and \makefootline, among other things.


pdfcolor.tex is not an example document (at least not the
one I find in texmf-dist/doc/pdftex/manual/samplepdf/ and also
buried deep under macros/texinfo/ on CTAN). It defines a large
number of colors and a simple useful command for setting colors.

It does redefine the plain tex \makeheadline and \makefootline
commands, but in a good way: they are the same as the original
commands, but include some extra code to prevent a color change
that is in effect at a page break from affecting the header and

I would say it is a useful plain tex input file and ought to go
in the plain tex input path.


Daniel H. Luecking
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Fayetteville, Arkansas

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