Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 38431
pdftex included in tetex is outdated
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:32:55 EDT
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User-Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.01; Windows NT 5.0) <-- OK,
you caught me :-)
The version of pdftex in the tetex package (the one included with RH 6.2,
7.0 and 7.1) is 0.13d, which is getting outdated. The current version is
somewhere around 0.14h, I think.
Including a new version would help reduce the number of FAQs on the pdftex
lists (the answers to which usually end in "...upgrade to the latest
Since pdftex development moves much faster than plain TeX or LaTeX, it may
be a good idea to split pdftex and pdflatex into a separate RPM (though I
don't know much about the tetex distribution itself -- this may be asking
for trouble if the rest of tetex gets upgraded).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. pdftex -v => pdfTeX (Web2C 7.3.1) 3.14159-0.13d [...]
A good point of reference for pdfTeX is
http://www.tug.org/applications/pdftex/ - an archive of the mailing list
is there, and in the archive there are several explanations of how to
install new versions.
The other option might be to switch to MiKTeX.
FYI, Switching to MikTeX is not an option as it is a Windows-only TeX
Otherwise, either manually patch in the new pdftex into tetex or lobby tetex to
do it for us.
I would rather have the upstream teTeX maintainer integrate it I think.
Presumably tetex-beta has a recent pdftex..