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RFS: dblatex - Produces DVI, PostScript, PDF documents from DocBook sources


I'm searching for a sponsor for the following package:

* Package name    : dblatex
  Version         : 0.1.8
  Upstream Author : Benoit Guillon <marsgui@users.sourceforge.net>
* URL             : http://dblatex.sourceforge.net/
* License         : GPL
  Description     : Produces DVI, PostScript, PDF documents from DocBook sources

DocBook to LaTeX Publishing that transforms your SGML/XML DocBook documents to
DVI, PostScript or PDF by translating them in pure LaTeX as a first process.
MathML 2.0 markups are supported, too. It originally started as a clone of
DB2LaTeX, but has been enhanced extensively since then and is actively
maintained by the upstream author.

The source package is found at http://mentors.debian.net/  It is Lintian
and Linda clean and builds with pbuilder.  The ITP is numbered #350397.

Benoit Guillon, the package's upstream maintainer, is informed and
agrees on getting dblatex packaged into Debian.

For discussions whether or not dblatex should be included into Debian,
you might be interested in the mail threads:
- http://lists.debian.org/debian-sgml/2005/10/msg00014.html
- http://lists.alioth.debian.org/pipermail/debian-xml-sgml-pkgs/2006-January/001680.html

One package problem is remaining, where the upstream author and me
would appreciate advice from a sponsor:

At the moment there exist two configuration directories, where the user
can place additional configuration files/subdirectories - called
specifications and styles - besides the predefined ones:

- /usr/share/xml/docbook/stylesheet/dblatex/latex/specs/
- /usr/share/xml/docbook/stylesheet/dblatex/latex/contrib/

These additional files/subdirectories must be left alone at any package
upgrade/removal, and their location looks problematic inside a Debian
system.  What about system wide and user's configuration directories

- /etc/dblatex/{specs|contrib}/
- ~/.dblatex/{specs|contrib}/

dblatex would have to scan these directories in addition to the original
ones where its own specifications/styles stay located.

The upstream author has indicated that he might adapt his sources after
an agreement upon a sound solution.  (Benoit, please correct me if I
have misinterpreted you.)  This just needs to be discussed with an
Debian expert (or in this public forum).

Thank you for your attention,

Andreas Hoenen   <andreas.hoenen@arcor.de>

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