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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: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 02:13:50 -0500

> > Perhaps you are happy because you would live happily with only
> > original TeX.  Did you ever try to install jadetex, xmltex,
> > alml,jtex, ptex, dvipsk-ja etc. and make them work fine?
> 	You, sir, are a moron. Yes, I do use jade and tools. You are
>  not the only one who actually know TeX. Descending to trying to prove
>  you know more TeX than anyone else in the world shows the paucity of
>  your arguments.

It is okay how you understand what I told you but the fact
is; if one is a maintainer of tetex, one has gotten many
bugs or requests from maintainers of related packages.

I only pointed out #125793 in which a maintainer explained
(about modifying texmf.cnf in its postinst)

  I admit this is an important bug, but also believe it's not serious
  enough to prevent ptex-bin from going into woody.  Anywise there are a
  bunch of packages which modify texmf.cnf or other TeX-related
  conffiles, so more general solution is needed for tetex-bin.

and #70581 where someone who wanted to package extra fonts 

  You need to put a .map file in /etc/texmf/dvips and then
  add the file name to /etc/texmf/dvips/updmap to the
  variable extra_modules.

  Thus adding and removing can not be done in a 
  trivial and automated way.

or a direct request like;

From: Hesham Hassan <hesham@bestweb.net>
Subject: ArabTeX Problem, Suggestion, and Solution
Date: Fri, 29 Mar 2002 00:27:15 -0500

> "psfonts/".  In there, you just need to copy the two pfb files to a directory 
> aptly named "/usr/share/texmf/fonts/type1/arabtex/", and then add the two 
> lines in the file named "arabtex.map" to the bottom of the file named 
> "/usr/share/texmf/dvips/base/psfonts.map".  All it says is really:
> -- start snippet --
> xnsh14 xnsh14 <xnsh14.pfb
> xnsh14bf xnsh14bf <xnsh14bf.pfb
> -- end snippet --
> Then run "texhash", and everything works beautifully.  My basic request is 
> that you please add this to your package by default as it really fixes 
> everything for everyone.  Also, you could mention in a README a quick note on 

and then naturally one will try to provide a necessary 
mechanism as a maintainer of tetex, I believe.

Of couse I didn't know all these (except ptex-bin) from
the beginning but as time passes I became familiar with 
these issues and have tried to fix these.  That' all.

> > Fine, then it is easy to discuss.  Did you use kpathsea mechanism
> > which was fairy recent feature?  Did you use "//" in TEXINPUTS
> > etc. which was also fairy recent feature?
> 	Of course. The fact that you think these old texpathsea
>  mechanims are esoteric implies that your TeX usage is rusty.

I only want to say that even you has had an experience 
to reset your texmf.cnf and adopted new mechanism before.

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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