[Date Prev][Date Next] [Thread Prev][Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: Encoding the name in the file contents (was Re: Towards a new LPPL draft)

Scripsit Mark Rafn <dagon@dagon.net>

> Yes.  This seems to be a flaw in LaTeX - it doesn't interactively identify
> itself when run.

Huh? The LaTeX I run identifies itself quite plainly in the third line
of the output:

pc-043:~/foo$ latex radio.tex
This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.3.1)
LaTeX2e <1999/12/01> patch level 1
Babel <v3.6Z> and hyphenation patterns for american, british, danish, nohyphena
tion, loaded.
Document Class: article 1999/09/10 v1.4a Standard LaTeX document class
(/usr/local/stow/share/texmf/tex/latex/psnfss/avantgar.sty) (radio.aux)
(/usr/local/stow/share/texmf/tex/latex/psnfss/ot1pag.fd) [1] (radio.aux) )
Output written on radio.dvi (1 page, 1152 bytes).
Transcript written on radio.log.

If there is any problem it would be that TeX has a tendency to write
so much routine stuff to stdout that most users - novices and experts
alike - don't bother to read *any* of it unless the run happens to
stop with an error. (I understand that this is precisely why the LaTeX
people are not happy with relying on human-readable diagnostics output
to prevent hacked files from erroneourly ending up in places where
pristine files are expected, without anybody noticing).

However, the verbosity certainly isn't a fault that LaTeX can be
blamed for. Only four of the lines above are ones that LaTeX (in a
broad sense, but excluding the TeX engine) could, technically, have
chosen not to emit.

Henning Makholm                     "However, the fact that the utterance by
                           Epimenides of that false sentence could imply the
           existence of some Cretan who is not a liar is rather unsettling."

To UNSUBSCRIBE, email to debian-legal-request@lists.debian.org
with a subject of "unsubscribe". Trouble? Contact listmaster@lists.debian.org

Reply to: