[OS X TeX] Building new formats (MacTeX)

Gerben Wierda Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl
Wed Sep 13 08:13:38 EDT 2006

> On 13-sep-2006, at 1:58, Rowland McDonnell wrote:
>> So I've got a TeX installation that I can use to pdfLaTeX documents.
>> But I'm still using the supplied formats, which have a lot of built-in
>> hyphenation patterns but not the one I need (UK English).
> The default TeXLive install come with pretty much everything enabled.
> Would that be an option for future MacTeX installs?
>> I was thinking about modifying the Babel setup so that I could have
>> the
>> existing languages plus the one I need, with the one I need set up as
>> the default.
>> I see that to do this, I need to edit the appropriate language.dat
>> file.
> a simple find command in the terminal gives that these are all
> language .dat files in the texmf trees.
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.local/tex/generic/config/language.dat
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.gwtex/tex/generic/config/language.dat
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/generic/config/language.dat
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/lambda/config/language.dat
> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf.tetex/tex/platex/config/language.dat
> The first one shadows the next two for all tex formats, except lambda
> and platex.
> So it seems that in practice, you can just limit yourself to the
> first one.

The first one probably does not exists on a pristine install of MacTeX.
The second one does, but it should be copied to the location of the first
one before being edited or it will be overwritten on a next install.


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