[hcs-d] pdftex vs. pdflatex?

Michael Lieberman mathmike at gmail.com
Tue Jan 27 10:10:03 EST 2009

In spite of the way people usually talk, TeX and LaTeX are not the
same thing. LaTeX is actually a bunch of macros on top of TeX.

Most people probably want to ignore anything dealing with low-level
TeX, and just use the pdflatex program.


On Tue, Jan 27, 2009 at 09:22, Yakir Reshef <yreshef at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> Hi HCS,
> Does anyone know what the difference is between pdftex and pdflatex in
> the texlive-full distribution for ubuntu hardy?  Here's what I know:
> 1.  They can't be identical because when I compile a certain latex
> file with one I get a warning and the correctly compiled pdf file, and
> when I use the other I get a bunch of errors.
> 2.  It is not the case that one is left over from a previous tex
> distribution of mine, because I had neither before I ran "apt-get
> install texlive-full" and now I have both.
> Thanks!
> Yakir
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