[tex-k] mktexfmt ?

Vladimir Volovich vvv@vsu.ru
Tue, 16 Apr 2002 18:10:20 +0400


current approach to call latex used in some distributions like TeX
Live uses scripts like:

test -f "`kpsewhich latex.fmt`" || fmtutil --byfmt latex                                                                                          
exec tex -fmt=latex ${1+"$@"}                                                                                                                     

could tex & friends instead call mktexfmt (or fmtutil) which will try
to build a format file if it does not exist on the fly (like it builds
e.g. missing TFM files)?

then, we can use just symlinks latex -> tex
and this will work when there's no latex.fmt