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Bug#569802: Please, add ghostscript as build dependency to fix "ERROR: thumbnail images could not be generated properly" error.

On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 07:57:03PM +0100, Andreas Tille wrote:
On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 01:17:56PM +0100, Leo Iannacone wrote:
Building blends I receive:

sh: gs: not found
!!! Error: Closing Ghostscript (exit status: 127)!
debiandoc2latexpdf: ERROR: thumbnail images could not be generated properly

Please add ghostscript as build dependency in debian/control to solve problem:

While I agree that ghostscript seems to be needed (even if I wonder why this does not happen on my system) I think the Build-Depends should be solved not by explicitely mentioning this package but rather adding a Depends to debiandoc-sgml. The rationale behind this is that you otherwise might add the Build-Depends to all packages which are using debiandoc-sgml which makes no sense.

debiandoc-sgml is not specifically for producing PDF output. It makes good sense to me that it only recommends gs as is the case today (and which might be what cause it to "just work" for you; contrary to autobuilders you probably take recommendations into account when installing packages).

Kind regards, and hope to see you next weekend in Zweibrücken,

 - Jonas

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