Re: Upgrade procedure for tetex
email@example.com (Chris Fearnley) wrote on 01.03.97 in <199703020029.TAA29720@unix3.netaxs.com>:
> Because having a major part of the system not be smothly upgradeable is
> unacceptable. My understanding of this hack is the postinst would
> explain how to manually upgrade the tex packages and then bail.
Is this any worse than the old TeX system, which already has installation
problems? I've *never* been able to do a smooth Debian TeX installation.
> Although this would obviously work (to the extent that dpkg wouldn't
> blow up as it does now), I find it to be offensive to the strength of
> Debian: easy upgreadability. Therefore, I say no to tetex. They can
> try again for the next unstable or better yet make a roll-our-own TeX
> as was discussed and agreed to on debian-devel several months ago.
This might have been justified if the current Debian TeX met your quality
standards. However, it doesn't.
Why avoid a bad solution if the alternative is even worse?
I think a text like this one would be quite ok:
"I see that you have one or more of the pre-1.3 TeX packages installed.
Because these packages had serious problems, they were replaced by teTeX.
Unfortunately, because of those problems (and because of a missing feature
in the packaging system), you have to deinstall those packages before you
can proceed to install teTeX.
This is how to do it:
Please press [RETURN]:"