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Re: Configuration file shadowed?

Steve Greenland <steveg@moregruel.net> wrote:

> On 21-Jul-06, 13:41 (CDT), Jean-Christophe Dubacq <Jean-Christophe.Dubacq@ens-lyon.org> wrote: 
>> The way I see it, the /usr/share/texmf/mktex.cnf is a "default value  
>> file", used in the setup of the whole texmf hierarchy; the  
>> configuration is /etc/texmf/mktex.cnf, which, per web2c magic,  
>> overrides the default values, _if it does exist_. Good default values  
>> can be set by copying /usr/share/texmf/mktex.cnf, and return to  
>> default values can be done through the removal of /etc/texmf/mktex.cnf.
> I'd buy that except for the debconf message, which implies that the
> visibility of certain default value (MT_FEATURES, right?) blocked by the
> mere existence of /etc/texmf/mktex.cnf, even though it's unmentioned in
> that file.

Indeed, the TeX Policy needs rewording, and this particular file should
be a conffile, because it affects how the TeX programs and helper
scripts act.  In general, files that influence documents and are read
because they are somehow requested in TeX's input (or BibTeX's or
whatever) make no sense in /etc.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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