Dear 4TeX users,
Here’s a 4TeX update that you can apply to your current 4TeX 5.0 system. The
update contains two directories with many subdirectories, containing many files that
should replace (or supplement) the 4TeX directory structure.
This update is being delivered to you as is without any warranty as to its use or
performance. We make no warranties, express or implied, as to noninfringement of
third party rights, or fitness for any particular purpose. In no event will we be liable
to you for any consequential, incidental or special damages, or for any claim by any
The update consists of:
- new programs (in the BIN directory): TeX compilers (including pdfTeX,
e-TeX, pdfe-TeX and Omega), windvi (previewer) and some other linked
- new TeX resources (in the TEXMF directory: some macro files (most
notably LaTeX and ConTeXt), new format files for LaTeX, pdfLaTeX and
Your system will be updated to Web2c version 184.108.40.206 of TeX 3.14159. Your pdfTeX version
will be updated to 14h-pretest-20010210; pdfe-TeX to 14h-pretest-20010210-2.1. Your
LaTeX 2e version will be updated to <2000/06/01>, using Babel v3.6Z.
Your ConTeXt version will be updated to 2000.5.11. The 4TeX programs
have not been updated. This is the current state of the art on 24 Februari
There are two ways to install this update:
- The easy way: make sure 4TeX is installed completely on your hard
disk. You should have a directory c:\4TEX5.0 if you accepted the
default installation parameters. This directory contains, amongst others,
a directory BIN and a directory TEXMF. So does the update zip file. Unzip
all files to your hard disk, overwriting your old setup.
- The hard way: choose this method only if you cannot install 4TeX completely
on your hard disk, or if you know very well how 4TeX’s ini-file and Web2c’s
cnf-file settings work. I’ll assume you have installed 4TeX in such a way that it
runs entirely from cdrom.
- Make a new directory on your hard disk, say c:\tex\bin.
- Copy the entire directory tree \bin from the zip file to c:\tex\bin.
- During installation 4TeX has written a file called 4TEX.INI on your
hard disk, most likely in the Windows system directory (such
as c:\windows, c:\winnt, depending on Windows version and
setup). Edit this file. Assuming D: is your cdrom drive, replace all
- Edit the file c:\4TEX5.0\texmf\web2c\texmf.cnf. Find the value
of TEXMFLOCAL. Make sure this directory exist. If not, make this
directory, or change the value of TEXMFLOCAL so that it points
to a directory in which you will install part of the update, e.g.
c:\tex\mytexmf. Note that in texmf.cnf you must use forward
slashes! Unzip the entire directory tree \texmf to this directory.
- Make sure 4TeX is not running while you install the update!
- Do not use the Windows Explorer! It’s very likely to fail half-way when
copying, without any way to make it do the rest. At best it will work,
taking 5 times as much as time as necessary. I recommend that you
start a Command shell, and use the program XCOPY e.g. like this:
XCOPY d:\texmf\* c:\4TEX5.0\texmf /S /C /R
‘/S’ means: include all subdirectories; ‘/C’ means: continue even if errors
occur; ‘/R’ means: overwrite read-only files.
- Uppercase or lowercase is irrelevant for directory and file names.
Now start 4TeX. Go to the ‘Utilities’ menu and click on ‘Regenerate the LS-R file(s)’.
Then go back to the ‘Main menu’ and try compiling a LaTeX file, using the standard
LaTeX format, and using the pdfLaTeX format. Check the log file for information
about the software versions.
If you get messages like ‘(Fatal format file error; I’m stymied)’, it means you need
to generate a new format file. From 4TeX’s ‘Utilities’ menu you can generate new