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

Herb Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Nov 11 14:33:58 EST 2004

On 11/11/04 1:14 PM, "Ludger Hentschel" <hentschel at simon.rochester.edu>

> 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
> -show-path=.fmt".
> Thank you,
> Ludger


The man page for pdftex has said, for a while now, that the '-fmt format'
version was prefered to the '&format' CL version or the '%&format' version.
I never understood why but I've always used it. Maybe now I see why!

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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