[XeTeX] Babel

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Fri May 4 22:03:29 CEST 2012

On Fri, May 04, 2012 at 09:44:22PM +0200, Zdenek Wagner wrote:
> 2012/5/4 Apostolos Syropoulos <asyropoulos at yahoo.com>:
> > The question is: why keeping the tex binary when the pdftex binary can
> > do the same things? If you throw away the tex binary, then you can
> > get rid of most useless binaries that manipulate DVI files.
> >
> This is because you invoke pdfetex under the name tex, in other works,
> you ask pdfetex to forget pdf output and e-TeX extensions and behave
> as the old Knuth's TeX. Thus pdfetex does nothing but responds exactly
> with what you asked for.

The `tex` binary in TL is Knuth's vanilla¹ TeX, not pdftex nor etex.

¹ not counting extensions like encTeX, MLTeX and other web2c changes

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