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I'm currently a graduate student at the Department of Mathematics,University of Houston.


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comment Loading latex from tex
I had thought about the possibility that the pdftex binary uses its name for custom behavior but I wanted someone to verify it. The last two commands provided are big help. Is there a way to know the exact custom behavior for pdftex? What jon pointed out is interesting, the -ftm latex option seems to load all the necessary things from latex.
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comment Loading latex from tex
@IanThompson, the link you provided is certainly helpful. I will study a little more going this route. In the meanwhile I hope this question is indeed not a duplicate.
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@jon, I read the other posts which talk about the differences between the different *tex versions but I don't see anything that explains how to get the core driver (in this case pdftex) to load all of the other latex macros.
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@jon, I did try pdflatex in terminal. For this reason in my post I said: "So in reality, latex and pdftex and even pdflatex are the same program, that is pdftex". They all point to pdftex. I'm not ready to venture into xelatex or LuaTeX. For now all I wish to know is how pdftex knows when and how to load the latex macros.
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