Re: Upgrade procedure for tetex
'Guy Maor wrote:'
>Chris Fearnley <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>> There are several principles the developer overlooked.
>And what are those?
Easy upgrades. Not breaking dselect with impossible to resolve
dependency information. Use of Provides.
>> if package is depended on my many packages, be conservative and
>> don't conflict with said package (merely replace and provide).
>That will achieve a completel different purpose - the old package
>won't be uninstalled.
I think most of the old tex packages can be automatically uninstalled
with a variation on this. But the tetex-base and/or -bin need to
Provides the old packages so things don't blow up in process.
>> - Why does tetex-doc " Conflicts: latex2e-doc" and "Replaces:
>> latex2e-doc"? They seem to have no files in common.
>/usr/info/latex* are identical in content.
$ dpkg -c bo/binary/tex/tetex-doc_0.4pl6-1.deb | grep \/usr\/info
Shows up no such files.
>> Finally, I dislike the "non-conceptual" names of the packages. Why
>> can't tetex-base and tetex-bin be merged into one package? When would
>> I need to install tetex-dev? Etc,
>tetex-base = arch independent
>tetex-bin = arch dependent, ie - binaries
>tetex-dev = tetex development, ie - you want to compile tetex
I was wrong on this point.
>> I still think it's
>> prudent to hold off until the next release.
>Do you use TeX alot, Chris? I ask because, in my opinion, the 1.2
>distribution is crap, and tetex is the standard TeX distribution
Not a lot. Though I used it recently. We just had a long thread on
QA. And I think we shouldn't allow packages that break dselect. I
think tetex can be packaged so that it doesn't break dselect. This
idea should be pursued before the ugly manual intervention scripts are
brought out, IMHO.
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