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

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Thu Nov 11 14:47:38 EST 2004

On 11 nov 2004, at 20:14, Ludger Hentschel wrote:

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

This feature can be activated if so desired with from the configuration 

     parse_first_line = f
     parse_first_line = t

(by default it is off).

Furthermore, Gary Gray chimes in with:

> I don't know if this helps, but on the page (TeXShop 1.35 changes):
> <http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~koch/texshop/changes.html>
> Dick says:
> "In previous TeXShop versions, the typesetting program can be set in 
> the first line  of the source code by writing %&tex, %&latex, 
> %&pdftex, etc. For compatibility reasons,  this still works, but the 
> preferred syntax is now %&program=tex, %&program=latex,  
> %&program=pdftex, etc. This new syntax also works for any new 
> typesetting engine  added to ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines. For example, 
> %&program=xelatex chooses  XeLaTeX."

This is obviously totally incompatible with activating the 
parse_first_line option in the texmf configurations files. Make a 
choise (one or the other) and stick to that. Since it seems to me that 
you already have quite some files that use teh old construct, stick to 


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