[XeTeX] Question about polyglossia and babel

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Tue Nov 23 10:51:01 CET 2010

When xelatex is building it's format file, it gets to loading latex.ltx.
That contains

>            {\typeout{===========================================^^J%
>                       Local configuration file hyphen.cfg used^^J%
>                      ===========================================}%On 23
> November 2010 10:03, Philip

There are two hyphen.cfg files in TL2010, one for babel and one for luatex.

> /usr/local/texlive/2010/texmf-dist/tex/luatex/hyph-utf8/hyphen.cfg

They're more or less the same file; the luatex one has some additions
specific to \ifx\directlua or \else.   Xelatex loads the first.  That's the
babel one, and that's where the "Babel <v3.8l>" announcement in the XeLaTeX
format comes from.


Taylor (Webmaster, Ret'd) <P.Taylor at rhul.ac.uk> wrote:

> Dominik Wujastyk wrote:
>> I've been puzzled for a while because my TL2010 distribution appears to
>> load Babel by default very early in the format file.
>> E.g.,:
>>    $ xelatex
>>    This is XeTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.2-0.9997.4 (TeX Live 2010)
>>      restricted \write18 enabled.
>>    **\relax
>>    entering extended mode
>>    LaTeX2e <2009/09/24>
>>    Babel <v3.8l> and hyphenation patterns for english,...
> I don't think this started at TL 2010, Dominik; I have recollections
> of seeing Babel mentioned early in the log file in earlier releases,
> and in a sense it was part of what I looked for to see if TeX or
> LaTeX had been invoked.
> ** Phil.
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