[XeTeX] XeTeX release 0.7 available

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Wed May 19 20:48:47 CEST 2004

Because tex (using kpathsearch) looks in a number of "known" locations 
for input files. Delete the test.aux in the current directory, and see 
if pdflatex does the same thing. It does for me. After creating a 
"junk" file containing "hello world" at ~/Library/texmf/tex/test.aux, I 

jonathan% pdflatex test.ltx
This is pdfeTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.11b-2.1 (Web2C 7.5.2)
  %&-line parsing enabled.
entering extended mode
LaTeX2e <2001/06/01>
Babel <v3.7h> and hyphenation patterns for american, british, 
nohyphenation, lo
Document Class: article 2001/04/21 v1.4e Standard LaTeX document class

! LaTeX Error: Missing \begin{document}.

See the LaTeX manual or LaTeX Companion for explanation.
Type  H <return>  for immediate help.

l.1 h
      ello world

So I believe this is not anything specifically related to xetex; it's 
just a feature of the path-searching scheme that is widely used in TeX 
products. Lesson: be careful about filename choices! (I probably 
shouldn't have used something as "generic" as test.ltx.)


On 19 May 2004, at 7:19 pm, Bruce D'Arcus wrote:

> On May 19, 2004, at 2:11 PM, Jonathan Kew wrote:
>> I think xelatex will now work too.... because in running it, even 
>> with the errors, you created a test.aux in the current directory, and 
>> now that one gets found instead of the one in your 
>> ~/Library/texmf/...
> I got the file to compile.  But the bigger question is why is xelatex 
> getting hung up because of an an .aux file in another directory?  I've 
> never run into that before.
> Bruce
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