# CTAN update: PerlTeX

Date: March 28, 2009 7:30:23 AM CET
This package has been updated at tug.ctan.org and should within a day be at your local mirror. Thanks, Jim Hefferon Saint Michael's College ............................................................................ The following information was provided by our fellow contributor: Name of contribution: PerlTeX Author's name: Scott Pakin Location on CTAN: /macros/latex/contrib/perltex Summary description: Define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code License type: lppl Announcement text:
PerlTeX is a combination Perl script (perltex.pl) and LaTeX2e style file (perltex.sty) that, together, give the user the ability to define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code. Once defined, a Perl macro becomes indistinguishable from any other LaTeX macro. PerlTeX thereby combines LaTeX's typesetting power with Perl's programmability. Version 1.8 of PerlTeX adds support for creating documents that can build either with or without PerlTeX. Specifically, the new "optional" package option tells PerlTeX not to issue an error message if Perl is inaccessible, and the new \ifperl macro checks if Perl is accessible, thereby letting the author define fallback macros/environments if it's not.
This package is located at http://tug.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/perltex . More information is at http://tug.ctan.org/pkg/perltex (if the package is new it may take a day for that information to appear). We are supported by the TeX Users Group http://www.tug.org . Please join a users group; see http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html .

## perltex – Define LaTeX macros in terms of Perl code

Perl is a combination Perl script (perltex.pl) and package (perltex.sty) that, together, give the user the ability to define macros in terms of Perl code. Once defined, a Perl macro becomes indistinguishable from any other macro. Perl thereby combines 's typesetting power with Perl's programmability. Perl will make use of persistent named pipes, and thereby run more efficiently, on operating systems that offer them (mostly Unix-like systems).

Also provided is a switch to generate a Perl-free, document-specific, noperltex.sty that is useful when distributing a document to places where Perl is not available.

 Package perltex Version 2.2 Copyright 2003–2019 Scott Pakin Maintainer Scott Pakin

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