[OS X TeX] etex versions

Jonathan Kew jonathan_kew at sil.org
Fri Mar 4 09:59:29 EST 2005

On 4 Mar 2005, at 2:39 pm, Joachim Kock wrote:

>> I believe (I'm sure someone will correct me if necessary) that it is 
>> still possible, with Web2C 7.5.3, to build a "true" etex executable, 
>> and this would also use .fmt as the format file extension.
>> However, teTeX-based distributions, at least, appear to be using the 
>> single pdfetex executable, running with different options depending 
>> on the wrapper name. So I don't know how likely it is that you'll 
>> actually encounter such a version of etex, unless you specifically 
>> choose to build it.
> Thanks again.  Final question, just to make sure I understood it 
> correctly:
> Web2C 7.5.2 is the last version where etex is an binary on its own
> (by default)
> and
> Web2C 7.5.2 is the last version where etex uses .efmt extension
> Correct?

Yes, I think that's right.

Strictly speaking, I'm not sure that etex being a binary on its own is 
directly related to the Web2C version. I suspect it's a function of a 
separate thing, not indicated by any visible version numbers: the 
configuration used in building the programs for teTeX. But maybe that 
distinction isn't important for your purposes.


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