[XeTeX] File name problem

Hans Hagen pragma at wxs.nl
Mon Jul 4 11:00:19 CEST 2005

Herbert Schulz wrote:
> On Jul 3, 2005, at 6:09 PM, Stephen Moye wrote:
>> ...
>> Does XeTeX not like spaces in a file name?
>> Puzzled. Thanks in advance for any insights.
>> Stephen Moye
> Howdy,
> You've hit the nail on the head. Traditional command line programs  (and 
> TeX, etc., falls into that category) worked on OS's that didn't  allow 
> spaces in file names and it is a hangover from those days.

web2c variant now permit "name with spaces" (although in my opinion having 
spaces in filenames is asking for troubles anyway; each progrma in the workflow 
has to handle it and since one does not pass names around as objects each app 
has to do some trickery; the same is true for special chars)

a next version of pdftex will provide \ptexopenin|openout|input which accepts 
{filenames like this}; actually there will be a whole bunch of rather generic 
features that make sense for xetex (conversion, regexp parsing, random 
generator, etc)


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