[OS X TeX] %&format under pdftex 1.20a/TL 2004

Ludger Hentschel hentschel at simon.rochester.edu
Thu Nov 11 14:14:38 EST 2004

I recently upgraded pdftex to "Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2".

I have a large set of macros, which I precompiled under pdftex.

I like the option of saying %&format on the first line of my TeX 
file. This used to work just fine with my previous version of pdftex. 
After the upgrade, this fails. Is this a new "feature", or is there 
some way of regaining this functionality?

If I say "pdftex file" and file.tex has %&format as the first line, 
pdftex does not find the compiled format

This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.3) 
(format=pdftex 2004.11.10)  11 NOV 2004 13:32
entering extended mode

and, understandably, chokes on the first macro defined by my format.

If I say "pdftex -fmt format file" on the command line, pdftex finds 
the compiled format

This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.3) 
(format=texet53 2004.11.11)  11 NOV 2004 13:21

and everything is fine.

My previous message stated in error that this does not work. (I have 
tinkered with this so much, I must have changed something since I 
last tried it.) In any event, the only copy of the compiled format is 
now in Library/texmf/web2c. As for Herb, this directory is the first 
item on the path returned by "kpsewhich -progname=pdftex 

Thank you,


At 20:00 -0500 11/10/04, Herb Schulz wrote:
>I don't know if this will solve the problem but try putting the format.fmt
>file into ~/Library/texmf/web2c/ and do use the '-fmt format' option for
>Good Luck,
>Herb Schulz
>(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

>I just updated my TeX installation using i-Installer. I think I now 
>have TL 2004.
>Following the update, I can no longer use compiled pdftex formats.
>I can compile formats using "pdftex -ini format.tex" without error.
>I can "\include format.tex" in my document and then typeset the 
>document without error.
>I cannot typeset my document using the pre-compiled format. It does 
>not matter whether I say "pdftex -fmt format file.tex" on the 
>command line or run pdftex on the file with "%&format" in the first 
>line. In either event, pdftex chokes on the first macro defined by 
>my format:
>pdftex Paper.tex
>This is pdfeTeX, Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2C 7.5.3)
>output format initialized to PDF
>entering extended mode
>(/Users/ludgerhentschel/Library/texmf/tex/My TeX Inputs/lucida10_s.tex
>! Undefined control sequence.
>l.1 \quoteoff
>I have moved the compiled format into the directory with the 
>document and get the same errors. There is no indication that pdftex 
>fails to find the format file.
>Any ideas for how to fix this?
>Thank you,
Ludger Hentschel
William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration
Box 270100, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 14627--0100
Phone: (585) 275--1058, Fax: (585) 273--1140
E-mail: mailto:hentschel at simon.rochester.edu
Web: http://www.simon.rochester.edu/fac/hentschel
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