I want to compile The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List with different settings of the hyperref package.

First I tried to compile it without modification. But invoking make symbols-a4.pdf gives me an error:

! Undefined control sequence.
<argument> ...lse \noexpand \UniError {\bausquare
                                                  }\noexpand \fi }}
l.88 \DeclareUniChar{\bausquare}{"00}


I am sorry to have no idea about what the error means. How to solve it?

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    Did you take a look at the Makefile at tug.ctan.org/info/symbols/comprehensive/source? – Mico Aug 16 '19 at 19:14
  • @Mico Yes, I have. That is why I invoke make symbols-a4.pdf. Maybe I miss something? – Eli4ph Aug 16 '19 at 23:17
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    @Mico The makefile works but only works in a very specific setup. – Eli4ph Aug 20 '19 at 10:56

I wrote to the author (Scott Pakin), and he gave me a very important workaround to build the document (partially).

Here I list the workaround and some tips help me when building.

  1. The package uni.sty needs a fix (thanks to Scott Pakin):

    % change
    % to
  2. If rawtables-*.pdf is wanted, it is easier to use Linux because some perl scripts use several system utilities which are not available on mac and win. Moreover, the processing of packages junicode and lilyglyphs also relies on Linux.

  3. It is easier to build with TeX Live 2016, which can be obtained from ftp://tug.org/historic/systems/texlive.

    This is due to the development of various packages since the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol List contains commands from various packages. For example, in the prebuilt version the package halloweenmath is dated 2017/01/06, but on 2017/04/25 an package update happens and adds several commands which conflict with commands in other packages, such as \skull. Thus extra care should be taken to avoid the name conflict. Due to my limited knowledge about LaTeX, I choose to use the old version of TeXLive to avoid resolving those name conflicts.

  4. It is easier to install TeX Live using scheme-full. If one choose to install without documentation, it is better to run tlmgr install --reinstall --with-doc lilyglyphs because the routines for building seems to rely on the existence of lilyglyphs's document to find some related files.

  5. The section 10.8 About this document lists the versions of all packages used.

    At the beginning I go with the latest 2019 version, an error goes away after some tweaks but another shows up. After finding that section, I realise it is packages' update that make the source symbols.tex erroneous.

Finally... I was able to build a partial version with my own settings of hyperref (because some packages can not be easily installed by tlmgr and I became too tired after hours of tweaking through a slow remote Linux).

It costs me too much.

First page: enter image description here

Packages used and omitted: enter image description here

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