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

From: "Marcelo E. Magallon" <mmagallo@debian.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
>       mounted)
>     * 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
in /etc/texmf/texmf.d/45TeXinputs.cnf
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)

Thanks,			     2003-4-22(Tue)

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

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