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Re: Bug#189370: acknowledged by developer (irrelevant)

On Mon, 21 Apr 2003 10:08:04 +0900 (JST), Atsuhito Kohda
<kohda@pm.tokushima-u.ac.jp> said:  

> From: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org> Subject: Re:
> Bug#189370: acknowledged by developer (irrelevant) Date: Fri, 18 Apr
> 2003 12:24:47 -0500

>> > Note users can add local modification freely with the current
>> > method, please read README.Debian.
>> But an admin may no longer freely synchronize the conffile across
>> the whole heterogeneous installation. This assumption that all the
>> world is Debian, and introducing gratituous incompatibility with
>> the rest of the TeX world is what smacks of bad design decisions.

> I don't understand why you say "an admin may no longer freely
> synchronize the conffile"?

	I used to have TeX on 27 machines, including Ultrix, OSF/1,
 Aix, HP-UX, and later, True64 Unix. And we had the same printer
 accesible to all these machines, and the same set of users. I
 maintained the same texmf.conf, and the same metapost/LaTeX/TeX
 configurations across the whole lab, using a simple home grown rsync

	If Debian had some there, it would blithely have overridden a
 carefully crafted set of configurations files, un a gratituous
 incompatibility with how TeX installations are maintained across the
 rest of the known universe. 

> As I wrote in former email, other systems, like FreeBSD and/or
> RedHat, might use non-standard texmf.cnf because of lack of an
> appropriate tool but then there is no need to synchronize with them,

	If the whole world uses some other mechanism, then ours is the
 non standard one, not everyone elses.

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