[XeTeX] \(pdf)mdfivesum

Joseph Wright joseph.wright at morningstar2.co.uk
Wed Jul 1 20:45:20 CEST 2015

On 01/07/2015 19:39, Apostolos Syropoulos wrote:
>> We can happily generate that file using pdfTeX (\pdfmdfivesum primitive)
>> or LuaTeX (using Lua code), but not using XeTeX. That's not a big issue
>> but the need for an MD5 sum gives me an idea which would need support in
>> XeTeX.
> The (Xe)TeX language has been designed not for system programming and I wonder why
> people would like to make it a system's programming language. A better idea would be to
> use Perl or Python or even Ruby, which are widely available. 

TeX systems are essentially self-contained: on a Windows system with TeX
Live or MiKTeX installed one can nowadays assume Lua as well as TeX but
nothing else. Moreover, I'm thinking specifically of a use case linked
to the process of document preparation itself.
Joseph Wright

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