[XeTeX] Buggy behaviour of install-xetex script

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Tue Jun 13 13:53:35 CEST 2006

On 13 Jun 2006, at 12:35 pm, Wlodek Bzyl wrote:

>    On Fedora 5 the following line
>       texbin=`readlink ${texbin}`
>    yields
>       pdfetex
>    instead of the full pathname
>      /usr/bin/pdfetex
>    To force the readlink program to produce the full pathname
>    it suffices to call it with `-f' option:
>       texbin=`readlink -f ${texbin}`

Oh, so Fedora has decided to make "tex" a symlink to pdfetex, rather  
than including a strictly tex-only binary. I guess that's been coming  
for a while.

Unfortunately, not all implementations of readlink support the -f  
option (e.g., BSD doesn't have it). Anyone know a simple way to do  
this portably?


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