in thinking about ' Is there a way to configure pdflatex to make all but the .tex and .pdf files hidden files? ', and a suggestion for an option like --dotclutter :

who is in charge of TeX and adding command-line features these days? TUG? a particular individual or group of individuals?

what is a nice way to suggest small changes?

  • Those requests should be sent to the current maintainer of the program.
    – sztruks
    Aug 30 '17 at 16:22
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    moving aux files is not a "small change" it's very disruptive as it would require changes in every program that needs to input them, latex, bibtex, makeindex, etc Aug 30 '17 at 17:33
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    @ivoWelch --output-directory may exist, but it often causes problems with bibliographies, index, etc. as shown by the large number of questions we have about that. Aug 30 '17 at 22:12
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    by the "question" metric, we can delete tikz and latex, too ;-). --output-directory creates more questions, because other programs then need to know the directory, too. --output-dotfiles would have essentially only one additional hard-coded and easily guessable destination. but I get the point: better save my time and not ask.
    – ivo Welch
    Aug 30 '17 at 23:06
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    TeX Live's security restrictions might have a problem with that. If openin_any or openout_any is set to r or p then read or write access to dot files is forbidden. Aug 31 '17 at 13:47

Those requests, as you suggest in your title, should be send to the maintainers. For example, for pdftex

pdftex --help

will give you a help page ending with

Email bug reports to pdftex@tug.org

Each program has it own maintainers, you should check them separately. If you don't use command line, maintainers should be found at CTAN. Although I'm not 100% sure, package maintainer can be someone else.

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