[tex-k] portability of format dumps

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Sat Sep 19 04:23:48 CEST 2015

HI Karl,

On Fri, 18 Sep 2015, Karl Berry wrote:
> In theory, as Akira said, .fmt/etc files from web2c are and have been
> 100% portable across platforms, independent of endian-ness, Windows
> vs. Unix-ness, and everything else.  (I seem to recall that being one of
> the first changes I made to web2c back in the mid/late-80s.)

Oh ... good.

> There was a bug a few years ago, possibly present for more than one
> year, where the format files were endian-dependent.  That was never
> intentionally the case.  

Ah, this is what I remembered faintly ... or less faintly ;-)


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