[dev-context] Help regarding Kpsewhich and mtxrun

Julius Canute juliuscanute at gmail.com
Sat Jan 22 20:34:02 CET 2011

Please correct me if i am wrong.
If kpsewhich is not used and replaced by mtxrun why is it included in context minimals??

Inside texexec file i find this line:

mtxrun --usekpse --execute texexec "$@"

Suppose say  i type the following command.

texexec --pdf sample.tex

It will somehow call mtxrun which in turn will invoke 'texmfstart.rb' i guess.

The above command somehow invokes 'pdftex' which processes  sample.tex file.

But pdftex is a binary how does it come to know about location of fonts and all other information unless there is some interface that is hard coded???

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