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Re: cyrtexinfo format in fmtutil.in

From: Vladimir Volovich
Subject: Re: cyrtexinfo format in fmtutil.in
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 21:39:03 +0400
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"TE" == Thomas Esser writes:

 TE> Hi Frank, [sorry for the fullquote. It is to set Werner +
 TE> Vladimir into the context]
 >> Hallo Thomas, Karl,
 >> fmtutil.in contains the line:
 >> #! cyrtexinfo pdfetex language.dat -translate-file=cp227.tcx
 >> *cyrtxinf.ini
 >> Do you know for what purpose this format is used?  texinfo
 >> generally does not use a special format file; shouldn't cyrillic
 >> support be added to the texinfo programs themselves, namely
 >> texi2pdf and texi2dvi - if it isn't already?
 >> Regards, Frank

 TE> I think that I (or someone else) have set it up like this,
 TE> because the t2 package (CTAN:macros/latex/contrib/t2) contains
 TE> this cyrtxinf.ini file.

 TE> I don't use this format. Werner, Vladimir: any commants from your
 TE> side about it?

i see this already in the bug discussion:

   * texinfo formats are not necessary anymore, since texi2* do not use
     the formats, and the new teTeX will not need to generate texinfo formats.
     Thus bug #253124 will not be fixed. (Closes: #253124)

i used cyrtexinfo format at least to allow russian hyphenation for texinfo.

and the comment that "texi2* do not use the formats..." is not true
since one can pass via environment variables which executable to call
instead of "tex" or "pdftex" (in this case i would set it to "cyrtexinfo").

to address initial concerns, i suggest to move the cyrtxinf-related
config line for the fmtutil.cnf to the texinfo package or just to
comment out the line for cyrtxinf in fmtutil.cnf, so it will not
create a problem if texinfo is not installed.

alternatively, can someone enlight how one is supposed to use texinfo
with custom patterns (if not via custom formats like cyrtexinfo).


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