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#25 Re: bug free TeX
by gadeiros <Harald@Henkel.DAH.UUnet.DE>
Sunday March 31st, 2002 4:50 AM
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> The closest thing I know to what you describe is TeX. It's certainly got utility (most of the math papers currently getting published are written in it). There's a standing bounty for bugs. The bounty has been unclaimed for many years now.
That's some kind of urban myth. Donald Knuth sends a cheque between $.25 and some $300 to everybody who first points out some layout error in a publication created using TeX, the amount being dependent on the age of the publication. Yet, most people don't really take the money, but frame the cheque.
And he sent out cheques for many thousand dollars over the past years. Of course not every cheque means another undiscovered error in the TeX software, and I would agree, that it is a very stable Piece of software with very few - even small remaining - bugs. But it has a long time of development - some 20 years now - and it wasn't completely rewritten in this time.