[tex-live] etex

Philip Taylor P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Wed Jan 11 09:16:48 CET 2017

I for one would be 100% in favour of improving the utility of the return status of the *TeX engines, enabling stati of "Success", "Informational", "Warning", "Error", and "Severe (or 'fatal') Error" and so on to be easily distinguished.  If this were implemented through a new command-line parameter, no existing files ("Make" or otherwise) would be affected.

Philip Taylor
Karl Berry wrote:
> I confess I am not at all inclined to fiddle with etex (or pdftex) exit
> values. Although I don't think the current behavior is perfectly logical
> or optimal, I also don't think the benefits of changing it would be
> worth the agony of changing something that has been stable for
> decades. E.g., Makefiles would start to fail where they now succeed, or
> vice versa. I don't think we should go there. --karl

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