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

From: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#189370: acknowledged by developer (irrelevant)
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 20:57:11 -0500

> > 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
>  mechanism. 

The new mechanism is precisely for this situation if
only Debian runs on these machines.

> 	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. 

I don't know if Debian runs on these machines but if
Debian runs and you installed tetex then there is almost 
no need to handcraft texmf.cnf any more.  Automatically 
generated texmf.cnf would contain every necessary and sufficient 
stuffs in it only if you installed tetex packages and other 
TeX related packages.

I can't understand why this is not an improvement.

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

Under the condition that directory structure is the same
and the binary names are the same as those of Debian then 
the texmf.cnf of Debian would work for any UNIX like system.

Thanks,			2003-4-21(Mon)

 Debian Developer & Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
 Atsuhito Kohda <kohda@debian.org>
 Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.

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