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

Olaf Weber olaf at infovore.xs4all.nl
Sat Aug 21 12:49:31 CEST 2004

Olaf Weber writes:
> Thomas Esser writes:

>>> If it exists, you can add '-translate-file=cp8bit' to the command line
>>> and should get the desired behaviour back (it will tell TeX to

>> Hm... Olaf, either I am doing something wrong or you refer to a different
>> version of web2c. We are talking about teTeX-2.0.2 which contains Web2C
>> 7.4.5. In my test (see below) a character which is unprintable in the
>> locale won't come out 1:1 even if I use cp8bit:

> Hm.  Ouch.  This hasn't been the most stable part of the code, and I
> may have misread what this particular version of the code did.  :-(

In retrospect, I don't think I misread the code.  Bear in mind that in
this version, output to a file is governed by -translate-file, but
output to the terminal and log file is governed by LC_CTYPE (through

Olaf Weber

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