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       fmtutil.cnf - configuration file for fmtutil


       The   fmtutil.cnf  file  contains  the  configuration  information  for
       fmtutil(8).  Each line contains the name of the format (e.g.,  ``tex´´,
       ``latex´´,  ``omega´´),  the  name  of  the engine that is used by that
       format (e.g., ``tex´´, ``etex´´, ``omega´´), the  pattern  file  (e.g.,
       language.dat, language.def), and any arguments (name of an .ini file).

       Fields  are separated by whitespace and complete lines can be commented
       out with ``#´´.  The ``pattern file´´ field cannot be used to define  a
       file  that  is  used while building the format.  It tells fmtutil which
       file the format creation procedure reads and it has an  effect  to  the
       options  --showhyphen  and  --byhyphen.   If  the  format has no way to
       customize hyphenation, a ``-´´ can be used to indicate this.


       The  tex(1)  and  amstex(1)  formats  always   load   hyphen.tex.    No
       customization  by  a  pattern  file  is  available  for  these formats.
       Therefore, the pattern-file field for the tex  and  amstex  is  usually
       indicated to be empty (``-´´).

       You  can,  however,  build customized formats on top of plain tex(1) or
       amstex(1) by using bplain.tex instead of plain.tex  (b  for  the  Babel
       system). See, for example, the bplain.ini file for the bplain format).

       etex(1) loads language.def, not language.dat.

       Symbolic  links  to  the  correct  engines  (e.g.,  bplain  -> tex) are
       generated by the texlinks(8) script.   Remember to run  texlinks(8)  if
       you  run  fmtutil(8)  yourself, rather than using the FORMATS option in


              default configuration file

              hyphenation pattern file

              hyphenation pattern file


       amstex(1), etex(1), fmtutil(8), tex(1), texconfig(8), texlinks(8).

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       None known, but report any bugs  found  to  <>
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       fmtutil.cnf  was  written by Thomas Esser <>, and
       is Copyright 1998, 1999 but released into the public domain.

       This manual page was written by C.M. Connelly <>,  for  the
       Debian GNU/Linux system.  It may be used by other distributions without
       contacting the author.  Any mistakes or omissions in  the  manual  page
       are my fault; inquiries about or corrections to this manual page should
       be directed to me (and not to the primary author).