I know that a nice list of (English) hyphenation exceptions was published in TUGboat, in quite a few installments. Is it compiled somewhere in one place?

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whenever an update is published in tugboat, the complete "list-so-far" is posted to ctan as a pdf file tb0hyf.pdf and the tex source tb0hyf.tex. the most recent update was in november 2010.

taking a cue from egreg, the entire package, hyphenex, is available from ctan and is also part of tex live. the package includes the processing module and the preprocessed list, ushyphex, as well as the tugboat material.

update: suggestions for additions can be mailed to tugboat@tug.org

  • Where do we email suggestions for this list?
    – MSC
    Sep 27, 2013 at 13:17
  • @MSC -- see update. Sep 27, 2013 at 13:43
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    What about the new selnolig package?
    – Ingo
    Oct 24, 2013 at 13:10

for US-english run

kpsewhich ushyphex.tex

for TeXLive => $TEXMF/tex/generic/hyphenex/ushyphex.tex

I don't know if there is also an exception log for GB english.

  • this isn't the most recent version. tex live 2010 closed before the latest update; for that, you have to go to ctan. Jul 12, 2011 at 19:30
  • @Barbara: true, but I have TeXLive 2011 installed :-)
    – user2478
    Jul 12, 2011 at 20:24
  • @Herbert, I have copied the output of kpswehich ushyphex.tex in between the brackets of an \input{} in my preamble, would you say that is the 'correct' way of doing it?
    – Ingo
    Oct 24, 2013 at 13:51
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    you do not need the path a \input{ushyphex.tex} should be enough.
    – user2478
    Oct 24, 2013 at 14:10

The CTAN location is


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    it is part on every TeX installation ...
    – user2478
    Jul 12, 2011 at 13:31
  • @Herbert: is it also in MiKTeX minimal?
    – egreg
    Jul 12, 2011 at 14:40
  • Thanks a lot! I am not at all surprised that I have it somewhere in my texlive installation - but I did not know the filename...
    – mbork
    Jul 12, 2011 at 21:53
  • @Stephen: A TeX distribution is MiKTeX or TeXLive
    – user2478
    Sep 12, 2011 at 16:34
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    @Stephen: since ushyphex.tex is only in tex live, that i can tell, the only useful statement is "it's in tex live". (note, i don't run an up-to-date miktex, so i'm going by the list of locations in miktex's files.csv.) Sep 27, 2013 at 14:24

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