## LaTeX forum ⇒ Others ⇒ Does PCTeX have proper e-TeX support?

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mwrenfro
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### Does PCTeX have proper e-TeX support?

In trying to use the etoolbox package with PCTeX v6 (6.1, Build Fri Apr 16 13:29:46 2010), it looks like either PCTeX doesn't have e-TeX support, or etoolbox is checking for that support incorrectly. Since PCTeX didn't include etoolbox, or know how to get it from CTAN (or else I don't know how to fix it), I copied etoolbox.sty and etoolbox.def v2.1 from a TeX Live 2010 install into the same folder as the MWE below:

\documentclass{article}\usepackage{etoolbox}\begin{document}Hello, world.\end{document}

Building this with PCTeX returns "! Package etoolbox Error: Not running under e-TeX." while building it with TeX Live 2010 works fine. Any ideas on how to narrow down the source of the problem?

Stefan Kottwitz
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Hi,

perhaps post your .log file here as attachment, we could have a look at it.

Stefan

apollo_el
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Greetings,

I have the exact same problem with PCTex (same version). Here's what my log reads:
This is pdfeTeXk, Version 3.141592-1.20a-2.2 (Web2c 7.5.3)  Source specials enabled.  %&-line parsing enabled.output format initialized to PDF(./test.texLaTeX2e <2005/12/01>(c:/Program Files (x86)/PCTeX/PCTeXv6/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/article.clsDocument Class: article 2005/09/16 v1.4f Standard LaTeX document class(c:/Program Files (x86)/PCTeX/PCTeXv6/texmf-dist/tex/latex/base/size10.clo))(c:/Program Files (x86)/PCTeX/PCTeXv6/texmf-dist/tex/latex/etoolbox/etoolbox/etoolbox.sty ! Package etoolbox Error: Not running under e-TeX. See the etoolbox package documentation for explanation.Type  H <return>  for immediate help.  ...                                               l.33   {} ? eNo pages of output.Transcript written on test.log.

Any ideas?

mwrenfro
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I hadn't been keeping up with this thread, but I got an answer on the PCTeX forum within a few days.

This is the PCTeX thread. Short version of the fix:

To use e-TeX's extended mode, go to PCTeX's Typeset menu, select INITeX, select LaTeX, add an asterisk to the beginning of the macro file name (i.e. "*latex.ltx"), and click INITeX.

Now when you typeset with LaTeX, it will use e-TeX's extended mode.

apollo_el
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Joined: Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:16 am
I confirm that the steps, described above, solve the problem with PCTeX. It will also ask you for a number of files to download (which it requires in order to compile); this is ok.
In my case, it gave me an error :
"missing xargs.sty"