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

From: Mark Brown <broonie@sirena.org.uk>
Subject: Re: Bug#189370: acknowledged by developer (irrelevant)
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2003 11:23:26 +0100

> 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.

Yes but when the admin dicided to make (non-compatible) 
changes to texmf.cnf then it lost compatibility whether
we used the old scheme or the new scheme.

In many cases, it is not so difficult to migrate to
the new scheme so that the generated texmf.cnf is the 
same as the old one, I guess.

> 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.

Yes, of course.  It is not clear what standard TeX
code means, but I'm afraid that, for example, teTeX
doesn't generally consider "outside teTeX" TeX related
stuffs (and it is impossible to do so) and constructs 
the complete, closed TeX system so it will be difficult 
that texmf.d mechanism is integrated in it.

Basically texmf.d mechanism is for extra TeX components,
and we have many such packages.

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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