Bug 3729 - amstex.fmt missing from tetex-0.9-17
amstex.fmt missing from tetex-0.9-17
Status: CLOSED NEXTRELEASE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: tetex (Show other bugs)
6.0
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Jay Turner
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Reported: 1999-06-25 11:51 EDT by len
Modified: 2015-01-07 18:37 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-12 20:29:08 EDT
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Description len 1999-06-25 11:51:39 EDT
tetex-0.9-17, as provided in RH 6.0, is missing an
executable amstex.  amstex was included in previous versions
of tetex, and is a commonly used version of TeX by
mathematicians.  The basic problem is that there is no
amstex.fmt in /usr/share/texmf.  This can be created easily
by running
initex /usr/share/texmf/tex/amstex/config/amstex.ini
After placing amstex.fmt in /usr/share/texmf, one needs to
make a symbolic link in /usr/bin by
ln -s amstex tex
It is possible that teTeX no longer includes amstex.fmt by
default, but it is also possible that whoever created the
rpm package didn't create it as may have been done in
earlier versions of the package.   But in any event, it is
used commonly enough that it should be there by default.
Comment 1 Jeff Johnson 1999-06-27 17:28:59 EDT
Here's what teTeX-1.0/texk/web2c/Makefile.in has to say:
   ...
   @TEX@fmts = #latex.fmt # amstex.fmt eplain.fmt texinfo.fmt
   ...
AFAICT the 2nd pound sign indicates that amstex (and eplain/texinfo)
are not built by default. I'll try to get this turned on the
next time I build teTeX -- complain if I forget :-)Here's what teTeX-1.0/texk/web2c/Makefile.in has to say:
   ...
   @TEX@fmts = #latex.fmt # amstex.fmt eplain.fmt texinfo.fmt
   ...
AFAICT the 2nd pound sign indicates that amstex (and eplain/texinfo)
are not built by default. I'll try to get this turned on the
next time I build teTeX -- complain if I forget :-)


------- Email Received From  Leonard Evens <len@schur.math.nwu.edu> 06/27/99 17:42 -------
Comment 2 Jeff Johnson 1999-08-12 20:29:59 EDT
Fixed in tetex-1.0.6-1.

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