[tex-k] Re: format files

Thomas Esser te@dbs.uni-hannover.de
Fri, 25 Oct 2002 01:29:32 +0200

> I have a metapost file that begins with "%&latex".  I could process
> this file until teTeX-beta-20021013 (web2c-7.3.8).  Now I have to use
> the commandline option --tex=latex.  "%&latex" is ignored and plain
> TeX is used.  Is this desired?

texmf.cnf now has "parse_first_line = f" to ensure that TeX behaves
100% correct in the default setup.

There are several ways to solve your problem:
  - you can set "parse_first_line = t" in your texmf.cnf
  - you can add "parse_first_line.mpost = t" in your texmf.cnf
  - you can invoke mpost with parse_first_line=t in the environment

> Another problem is that "tex \&latex myfile" doesn't work properly.

What exactly is the problem? I just have successfully tried
  $ tex \&latex small2e
  This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.3.9)
  LaTeX2e <2001/06/01>
  Transcript written on small2e.log