[tex-live] Makeindex, version 2.15 [TeX Live 2010] (kpathsea + Thai support)

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Fri Oct 3 14:36:18 CEST 2014

Philip Taylor <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> wrote:

> It is not the input file.  The question is about Makeindex, not about
> TeX, and the unwanted line break is in Makeindex's output file.

that's what it seemed to me.

given that makeindex dates back into the days when tex i/o was limited
to tediously short lines, i don't find makeindex's short line breaks in
the least surprising.

i would guess that the \item macro is supposed to close off the previous
entry and start a new one.  that is, treat the text after \item as a
paragraph to be terminated by the next \item (or, presumably, end of
index, however that is flagged).

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