[OS X TeX] Building new formats (MacTeX)

Maarten Sneep maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl
Mon Sep 18 16:31:40 EDT 2006

On 18-sep-2006, at 1:16, Maarten Sneep wrote:

> On 17-sep-2006, at 22:23, Rowland McDonnell wrote:
>>> and kpsewhich can be used to find which one is used:
>> `kpsewhich' returns only:
>> Missing argument. Try `kpsewhich --help' for more information.
> kpsewhich filename, i.e. kpsewhich fmtutil.cnf Do I really have to  
> spell out every detail?
>>> /usr/local/teTeX/share/texmf/web2c/fmtutil.cnf.
>> Which command line incantation did you use to get that answer?
>> kpsewhich <options> fmtutil.cnf
>> is what you used, correct?  Which options, and why?
> No options at all. Try! The worst that can happen is that you get  
> an error message. No, don't try the "rm" command so liberally, but  
> these tools are fairly robust.

Gerben brought the following to my attention: In some occasions  
specifying the wrong or no format or program name yields different  
results (including no results at all). Causes are unclear (to me it  
seems like a bug, but it probably _is_ intended behaviour).


$ kpsewhich --format='web2c files' fmtutil.cnf

$ kpsewhich fmtutil.cnf

And in this case you want the _former_. Sorry for the confusion.


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