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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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       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).