Welcome to the e-TeX1 V2 reference site: e-TeX V2 is now available for general testing, although it has not yet been formally released. Please read the document describing the legal status of e-TeX before proceeding further. A description of the functionality provided by e-TeX may be found in the on-line reference manual.
The following resources are provided for those wishing to implement e-TeX V2, but may be of interest to anyone considering using e-TeX; they may be accessed directly from the links from this page, or via ftp.
The e-TeX team recommend that e-TeX be configured such that the command by which it is invoked be the same as the default name for the format to be used. Since it is expected that most sites will choose to install e-TeX so that it can be invoked with the command "etex", we provide a source file which can be used to build the "etex" format (an analogous "elatex" source file may be provided in due course in collaboration with the LaTeX3 team). A few adjunct source files, required or optionally used by the "etex" source file, are also supplied:
A reference implementation, developed by Christian Spieler for VAX/VMS and AXP/VMS, is also provided, to which Jörg Knappen has recently contributed a modified "weave" changefile and a RUNOFF file containing the source for a VMS HELP library for e-TeX:
An e-TeX implementation must be validated by performing the e-TRIP test (the e-TeX equivalent of Knuth's TRIP test). The components of the e-TRIP suite are as follows:
Finally we provide the definitive (Knuthian) TeX and Trip files:
Any problems encountered when using e-TeX which cannot be replicated when using a TRIP-validated implementation of TeX should be reported to the e-TeX team, and accompanied by sufficient information to enable the scenario to be reproduced at another site; the exact version and implementation of e-TeX should of course be specified.
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Last updated and validated 13-MAR-1998 19:02:45 /PT