[OS X TeX] pdftex.def patch query

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Thu Sep 7 15:41:47 EDT 2006

On Sep 7, 2006, at 16:43 , Gary L. Gray wrote:

> Hi. I am cross-posting this to both the MacTeX list as well as the  
> TeX on Mac OS X list since I think these both of these audiences  
> might be interested the patch and/or answer to my question. I  
> apologize if you get two copies.
> Heiko Oberdiek has released a patch for pdftex.def that, among  
> other things, adds a color stack to pdftex (Yay!). See:
> <http://sarovar.org/tracker/index.php? 
> func=detail&aid=603&group_id=106&atid=495>
> Since the lack of a color stack has given me trouble in the past, I  
> would like to implement this patched version immediately. With that  
> said, I can use it by simply putting it in (and I have done so and  
> it works):
> ~/Library/texmf/tex/latex/graphics/pdftex.def
> and TeX will load it instead of the one found in:
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/latex/graphics/pdftex.def
> Now, the question is, what is sort of "event" (for lack of a better  
> term) triggers the inclusion of stuff like this in Gerben's  
> distribution

It used to be: an update of teTeX (now defunct) or (less nice) me  
putting it in texmf.gwtex (after someone has asked me) and updating.

It will be: when it is updated in TL. But I am still working on the  

> (and thus, the MacTeX distribution)? In particular, how will I know  
> when it has been included and thus when I should remove it from ~/ 
> Library/...?

When the tex.ii2 is updated one can inspect the README and the  
ChangeLog inside.

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