[Dev-luatex] Snapshot 20070619
dak at gnu.org
Tue Jun 19 15:01:40 CEST 2007
Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> writes:
> After almost two months it was definately time for a new snapshot.
> News compared to the 20070426 version:
Are there any estimates regarding the relative performance?
> * A new set of registers is added, called \attribute. These are
> values that will be automatically attached to nodes created in
> their scope. More information in the manual.
Presumably useful for things like colors.
> * Direct read/write access to TeX's box registers is addded to
> the lua 'tex' table.
> * TeX's main memory now grows dynamically, and the (de)allocation
> routines have been rewritten completely.
Sounds like something long overdue. I could imagine that this could
be an area relevant for profiling, though.
> * The 'kpse' table is extended with extra interface functions, to
> allow texlua to be used as a scripting engine.
Having an efficient, crossplatform available scripting engine capable
of doing all the kpathsea gimickry without external executables is
certainly very appealing and would help to shrink the Unix/whatever
gap. It will remain to be seen how "dialog" and its ilk are best
replaced in texconfig and similar scripts communicating with the user.
Thanks (now I just need to get my working copy updated without that
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