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 third party.


The update consists of:

Your system will be updated to Web2c version 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 2001.


There are two ways to install this update:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Important notes:


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 formats.

Have fun!