Re: Bug#189370: acknowledged by developer (irrelevant)
From: "Marcelo E. Magallon" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Bug#189370: acknowledged by developer (irrelevant)
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 12:17:15 +0200
> On Mon, Apr 21, 2003 at 05:53:09PM +0900, Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> > 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.
> Gosh, read what Manoj's been writing already.
> Manoj's concern is that you happyly trash /etc/texmf/texmf.cnf with the
> concatenation of /etc/texmf/texmf.d/*.cnf and do not care about the
> system administrator's actions.
Yes, we care about the system administrator's actions
with the concatnation.
> * The admin has a system in place to administer the boxes in a lab.
> * There are TeX components in use which are not provided by Debian
> (say, ACM's conference proceeding styles)
> * These are installed in /random/path/texmf (/random is NFS
> * The in-house system takes care of updating every machine's
> texmf.cnf files to point to this new path. (And no, this is not a
> Debian-only shop, last time I looked there still wasn't a Debian
> GNU/Irix distribution -- there's life beyond Debian, you know?)
In this case, administrator should modify TEXINPUTS.latex
and run update-texmf once. Generated texmf.cnf should be
the same as an old one.
> Now image this: there's security upgrade for tetex-bin and the poor
> fool has a cronjob that installs it. After its installation, the local
> texmf.cnf is trashed.
the local texmf.cnf is not trashed if administrator
acted as above, only once.
Am I missing something?
BTW, in this case it is much better to do something;
ln -s /random/path/texmf/tex/latex /usr/share/texmf/tex/latex/NFS
then there is no need to modify texmf.cnf at all.
(though I have no experience with NFS mounted directory)
Debian Developer & Debian JP Developer - much more I18N of Debian
Atsuhito Kohda <email@example.com>
Department of Math., Tokushima Univ.