Re: Upgrade procedure for tetex
>>>>> "Chris" == Chris Fearnley <email@example.com> writes:
Chris> I think most of the old tex packages can be automatically
Chris> uninstalled with a variation on this. But the tetex-base
Chris> and/or -bin need to Provides the old packages so things don't
Chris> blow up in process.
I am confused. What are these ``things'' and how will they ``blow
up''? The package mentioned in the Provides field are virtual package
names. Do we have an alternative (La)TeX system in Debian so that we
need virtual packages?
>>> - 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.
Chris> $ dpkg -c bo/binary/tex/tetex-doc_0.4pl6-1.deb | grep
Chris> Shows up no such files.
>> 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
Chris> Not a lot. Though I used it recently. We just had a long
Chris> thread on QA. And I think we shouldn't allow packages that
Chris> break dselect.
There are 2 stability issues: (1) the stability of the upgrade (2) the
stability of the (La)TeX system.
For (1), we'll try to make tetex go smoothly with dselect but the
worse-case scenario is an upgrade script.
For (2), I think there is little doubt that tetex is more stable than
Debian TeX as a system. The poor quality of Debian TeX is also a QA
Chris> I think tetex can be packaged so that it
Chris> doesn't break dselect. This idea should be pursued before the
Chris> ugly manual intervention scripts are brought out, IMHO.
Billy C.-M. Chow <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Department of Systems Engineering
The Chinese University of Hong Kong