[Dev-luatex] Snapshot 20060818 released

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Fri Aug 18 18:26:49 CEST 2006

Hi all,

I have made a first snapshot available, now that it processes
torture.tex correctly. This is not a 'release' per se, so
please  do not be offended by the extreme lack of install
instructions and manual. Some hints are at the end of this

The snapshot is up to par with Aleph-RC4 (from texlive devel)
and the latest pdftex beta (even newer than 20060811). However,
there are some differences, to summarize:

* There is no pool file (all strings are embedded)

* -8bit and -translate-file are silently ignored

* There is no mltex nor enctex (conflicts with aleph)

* The tex functionality is always present and enabled
   (but see below about TeXXeT), so the asterisk or
   -etex switch for initex is not needed

* "plus 1 filllllllll" does not generate any errors from TeX

* TeXXeT (from eTeX) is not present, so the primives
   are missing

* The experimental pdftex regex match operations are removed,
   because that feature does not make much sense when lua is
   available so the primitives
   are missing

* The input translations from Aleph are not implemented, the
   16 related primitives are all missing
   All file IO assumes UTF-8, except that all the low-ascii
   controls except TAB, CR en LF are written to the terminal
   using ^^  notation (even these are binary in the log file).

* Input characters can use the full range of Unicode,
   but it probably only makes sense to use values above
   the base plane for \mathcode and \catcode assignments,
   since the fonts as well as the hyphenation patterns
   are strictly 16-bit still.

* The primitives
      \pdfpagewidth and \pagewidth,
      \pdfpageheight and \pageheight,
      \fontcharwd and \charwd,
      \fontcharht and \charht,
      \fontchardp and \chardp,
      \fontcharic and \charic,
   are all aliases of eachother.

* The new primitive
   clears a marks class completely.

* The experimental pdftex primitives
   and provided without the extra 'pdf' prefix, so they are
   simply called

* I probably forgot to mention some things :-)

Have fun, Taco

Downloading and installation details:

If you go to


you will see that there are three released files:

* luatex-snapshot-20060818.tar.gz
   This is the source tree.

* luatex-snapshot-20060818-win32.zip
   A cross-compiled (mingw) windows binary. This is a web2c
   based binary, so it needs a texmf.cnf file (It will NOT
   work if you have only miktex installed).

   This executable cannot run dynamically loaded lua dlls. Perhaps
   that can be fixed but I do not know how.

* luatex-snapshot-20060818-linux-i386.tar.gz
   A linux binary. This needs ld-linux.so.2, so you need
   a somewhat modern linux for that, but compiling from
   source for linux should not be a problem.

The binaries should go in a 'normal' TeX binary folder
like texmf/bin or texmf-win32/bin so that they can find
your texmf.cnf automatically. If you put them elsewhere,
you have to set the TEXMFCNF environment variable.

There is no pool file, so you do not have to worry about that.

For meaningful unicode input and hyphenation, you need a
file that sets the \lccode etc. values for chars with
a value higher than 256. One such file is part of the
xetex distribution (unicode-letters.tex).

Greetings, Taco

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