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

On Mon, Apr 21, 2003 at 05:53:09PM +0900, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> From: Manoj Srivastava <srivasta@debian.org>

> > 	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?

> The current texmf.cnf of Debian is completely the same
> as the one upstream teTeX provided, if no local modification
> files are put in /etc/texmf/texmf.d/  There is no specific
> for Debian at all.

As soon as the admin decides to make changes to it it becomes
incompatible with non-Debian installations.  If the admin changes it
using the Debian mechanisms then the other installations will just
ignore the changes.  If the admin changes it by just editing the file
then Debian will merrily come along and trash it.

To do this in a way that's compatible with the rest of the world support
for texmf.d would need to be integrated into the standard TeX code.
This would be better all round - all users (not just those who use
Debian) would be able to benefit from texmf.d.  Things would be a bit
nicer for Debian users too since they wouldn't need to run this external
tool to regenerate their configuration files.

"You grabbed my hand and we fell into it, like a daydream - or a fever."

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