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

On Mon, 21 Apr 2003 12:38:25 +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: 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.

	Bingo. In other words, we are compatible, as long as
	everything else is also Debian. 

>> 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

	Heh. You, A Debian developer, do not know what architectures
 we support?

> 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.

	So you do not understand the value of being compatible with
 other TeX installations? You think it is not arrogant for Debian to
 assume the rest of the world also runs Debian?

	You think this says nothing about your suitability as a Debian

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