Hi, sorry for late reply,

On Sat, Oct 18, 2014 at 3:45 AM, Ralf Quint <freedos...@gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/17/2014 7:41 PM, Marco Achury wrote:
>> Looking at:
>> http://ftp.freenet.de/pub/ftp.simtel.net/pub/simtelnet/msdos/tex/
>> There are a lot of files.

Old files, probably not even latest versions. (That was always my
complaint about Simtel and other sites, too hard to help them update
the files.)

Yeah, too many little pieces, hard for the novice (such as myself) to
"jump in". It's supposed to be fairly powerful, but I don't think my
need is strong enough to learn much of it. Maybe it is for you since
you do more writing than I do.

Anyways, let me again point you to a DJGPP mirror. While I haven't
heard any chatter in recent years of anybody using it, presumably it
was quite a good port back in the day.


If desperate, you could probably email Eli Z. directly (or presumably
better to just start a new thread on news://comp.os.msdos.djgpp called
"TeX users??" or similar). If I wasn't so pessimistic and busy with
other things, I'd probably start such a topic myself. But even most of
them seem inactive lately, sadly.

>> Is this a Tex distribution or just some spre utils?
>> Where to look for Tex for DOS ?
> Or here
> http://www.nomdo.dds.nl/tex.htm

Okay, I finally downloaded this. It definitely sounds interesting, but
I haven't tried it. Not sure why it prefers "emtex", which is
presumably (technically) inferior to the DJGPP built version.
Honestly, this would probably be nice to mirror to iBiblio for us, but
I don't have enough energy to try to root around and find literally
all sources and make sure it's complete. Maybe if I was familiar with
TeX, but I'm not. Unfortunately, I don't think a lot of current DOS
users use TeX at all.

In recent years, the only reason I even know about TeX is because I
did some light Pascal programming. In case it isn't obvious, TeX was
originally written in Pascal. (EDIT: Sorry, TeX was written in WEB,
which was Pascal and TeX intermixed. IIRC, same situation with
MetaFont and MetaPost.) Though I guess most people prefer CWEB these

There's even one guy (Wolfgang Helbig) who has several times over the
years gotten it to work with the (now abandoned) GNU Pascal Compiler
(GPC). A quick check shows that he updated it again in July 2014, so
that's good! While I'm not really enthused enough to torture myself
trying to get it working in FreeDOS, it's probably not the worst idea
either. I've done crazier things!   :-)    He does say "comments
welcome", but I don't personally want to bother him since I know next
to nothing. IIRC, most of his focus in recent years was NetBSD and
later OS X.


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