[tex-k] \write writes out TeX's `^^' quartets instead of 8-bit chars

Thomas Esser te at dbs.uni-hannover.de
Fri Aug 20 22:24:47 CEST 2004

> Some time ago, I used teTeX 1.0.7, Web2C 7.3.7.  I had an application where I

teTeX-1.0.7 comes with this:
  This is TeX, Version 3.14159 (Web2C 7.3.1)

Whatever you have: if it claims Web2C 7.3.7, then it is not an original

> A few months ago I upgraded to teTeX 2.0.2, Web2C 7.4.5 (Debian GNU/Linux
> 2004-04-02 Sid).  I was in for a big surprise:  now \write would write
> out TeX's `^^' quartets (such as `^^a8') instead of the 8-bit chars.
> I did this from

With teTeX-2.0, the printability of characters depends on the locale.
Make sure that LC_CTYPE is set correctly for your system. Unfortunately,
characters that are unprintable in your locale will come out as
^^something. The next version will work independend of locales and
give you more control.


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