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Re: Updating pdfeTeX to a newer version



George N. White III wrote:

> On Fri, 23 Nov 2007, Paul Smith wrote:
> 
>> How can one update pdfeTeX to a newer version? The package microtype
>> gives errors because the current F7 version of  pdfeTeX is too old.
> 
> Install TeX Live 2007.  TL is designed to be installed in a single
> directory tree, so it can coexist with your existing tetex -- just
> change the PATH to include the TL bin directory when you want to use
> TL.
> 
> You can't just install the current pdftex (pdfetex is now deprecated --
> the "e" functionality is in pdftex) without updating the texmf trees.
> There have been changes in the way pdftex configuration is handled.
> Current distributions use pdftex to produce both .dvi and .pdf, so macros
> that assume tex--dvi and pdftex->pdf had to be updated.
> 
> btw -- I find microtype has become essential.  Without it, too many
> paragraphs have hyphens at the end of many lines.  Microtype
> invariable reduces the number of hyphens, and in a long document
> can save several pages.  I don't see any adverse effects on readability
> and fewer hyphens is a big plus for readability.
> 

texlive is now being packaged for fedora.  I believe you can find the
not-yet released version and try it.


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