Thu, 11 Mar 2004 09:15:30 +0100
>> Actually, you can even run latex --output-format=pdf foo
> Well, to get something useful, you have to make sure that the latex
> format is created with useful setting for e.g. \pdfhorigin and
> If you just latex -ini latex.ltx latex --output-format=pdf sample2e
> you'll get a messed-up sample2e.pdf.
> This means, that we either have to make sure to set useful defaults
> for *all* formats that we dump with pdfetex or that we reactivate the
> config file.
Surely those variables must be intialized with sensible values ?
But when I wrote that, I meant that we probably can't expect that
every package will take care of potential pdf output. So my question is
: shouldn't we allow to switch pdf_output on command line only in INI
>> Maybe the problem is that you just don't expect from inipdfetex to be
>> initialized to DVI output format ...
> Maybe, pdf*tex should defer this message until the dvi vs. pdf
> decision is finally decided (don't know when this is: when typesetting
> the first boxes or when shipping out the first page).
That makes sense.