Eberhard Moenkeberg writes:
>> the fmt file in the latex.tgz package is out of date; to update:
>> initex lplain \\dump; mv lplain.fmt /usr/TeX/lib/tex/formats/latex.fmt
>... and t1/texbin.tgz likes to create an ORDINARY FILE named
>/usr/TeX/lib/tex/inputs (I guess you left off "/plain.tex").
>Currently, You are representing the "stormiest" brain of SLS ...
>Greetings ... Eberhard
Eberhard was, sad to say, exactly right..what a dumb careless thing
to do. please forgive me.
anyway, the (hopefully) now corrected t1/texbin.tgz contains binaries
for TeX 3.1415 and METAFONT 2.71 (made with gcc 2.4.5 and libc 4.4.1)
Other than Knuth's patches to tex and tangle, the changes are a
change to the mf prompt (only of interest for those using metafont
interactively) and a fix to the web2c-5.851d so that tex will
call MakeTeXTFM correctly.
this latter is worth updating your tex for: if tex cant find a tfm
file, it will call the MakeTeXTFM file (included but personalize to
your taste) to make the font metric (and a 300pk for also). make
sure ur fonts dir is world writable.
Those wanting TeX and using some package other than SLS, just
get the needed files and unpack from / no big deal. the t1 disk
has the essentials, t2 has dvi drivers and other optional stuff,
the*macros are in t3/latex.tgz.
btw, a more concise, and sometimes more uptodate, TeX package
is in /pub/linux/packages/TeX/Milieu/TeX.tz at tsx-11.mit.edu.
the milieu.tz archive in that directory has more info on the
Milieu package (but it's mainly an intro METAFONT programming text)