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Re: Bug#265743: debian-reference: FTBFS: tetex-bin changes?

severity wishlist 265743

Thanks Ray for the work around.

As Jens Seidel reported, tetex-bin version 2.0.2-15 did not reproduce
it.  This may be solved issue but it may be interesting for people
updating TeX/LaTeX packages especially work around reported.

> On Sat, Aug 14, 2004 at 19:51:31 +0200, Kurt Roeckx wrote:
> > Transcript written on pdflatex.log.
> > fmtutil: /var/lib/texmf/web2c/pdflatex.fmt installed.
> > (Fatal format file error; I'm stymied)
> > debiandoc2latexpdf: ERROR: reference.en.pdf could not be generated properly
> > make[1]: *** [reference.en.pdf] Error 1
> > 
> > I assume this has to do with the recent changes to tetex-bin, but I'm not
> > really sure.

Sigh :-(  I am wondering how TeX/LaTeX folks feel about RC bugs on
documentation packages due to recent TeX/LaTeX package situation.  Look
at Bug #265247 (or #265247), #265611, #264394, #263840, ... it ain't
pretty sight.

I do not feel like adding build script hack now to package just to get
away for FTBFS serious bug unless TeX/LaTeX is stabilized.  If anyone
care to file a RC bug on Documentation package which build correctly in
relatively recent testing and stable version of TeX/LaTeX, I think it is
TeX/LaTeX important bug and it should be solved THERE.

If people keep insisting these TeX/LaTeX caused FTBFS as RC, it only
force package to ship without PS/PDF.  No one gain.

I know TeX/LaTeX has been quite actively updated.  IMHO, it should be
very stable when FREEZE starts.  But reality is not.  If you think about
TeX/LateX, it is like GCC for C program.  We should not make major change
with incompatibility at this late moment.  But it happened.

If anyone insists this to be RC, I will reassign this to TeX/LateX but
people there seems handful with similar reports and such an big example
file like this package is tough one to track the bugs.

So, I am making this a "wishlist" for now and I will close this one if
latest unstable environment build OK.

(I CC this to debian-doc so other doc maintainer will e aware of.)

On Sat, Aug 14, 2004 at 11:07:47PM +0200, J.H.M. Dassen (Ray) wrote:
> Looks like it. Changing bin/debiandoc2latexpdf's "pdflatex" call to a
> "pdfelatex" one seems to be a workaround.

If new "pdfelatex" is needed, why this was not offered as an alternative
of pdflatex so it does not break build script. Is this already fix?
This looks like one of etex transition issue withing TeX/LateX. 


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