My PDF copy of the TeXbook, surprisingly, doesn't contain any built-in bookmark. Do you know what version has them?

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    Your PDF copy of the TeXbook is also probably missing the illustrations by Duane Bibby. In other words, it is not a PDF copy of the TeXbook at all, but the result of tex-ing texbook.tex which was provided only for study, not for running through TeX, and does not even produce something identical to the (print) TeXbook. Jan 11, 2018 at 22:58
  • @ShreevatsaR if possible, can you show me some missing pieces, like the illustrations?
    – Ooker
    Jan 12, 2018 at 4:16

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That is not CTAN and the pdf copy is illegal. As Knuth says on his webpage

The source file texbook.tex for The TeXbook has been available for many years, and it begins with the following lines:

    % This manual is copyright (C) 1984 by the American Mathematical Society.
    % All rights are reserved!
    % The file is distributed only for people to see its examples of TeX input,
    % not for use in the preparation of books like The TeXbook.
    % Permission for any other use of this file must be obtained in writing
    % from the copyright holder and also from the publisher (Addison-Wesley).
    \errmessage{This manual is copyrighted and should not be TeXed}\repeat

From time to time, however, people have flagrantly violated these instructions, and posted PDF files of The TeXbook on the Internet.

Which of the words in those perfectly clear instructions do the people who do such things fail to understand? Please, if you happen to see illicit copies of these books, send a note to board@tug.org so that our user community can apply peer pressure and/or legal action to those who are unfairly exploiting our open-TeX approach.

Having said that, no pdf version is available legally (let alone a built-in bookmark one)


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