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# Re: Out-of-Date LaTeX in Woody

Atsuhito Kohda wrote:
> I checked the difference between latex.ltx of 1999/12/01 and
> that of 2000/06/01 and found that
>
> @@ -513,17 +513,17 @@
>    \advance\count@\month
>    \advance\count@-#2\relax}
>  \expandafter\reserved@a\fmtversion\@nil
> -\ifnum\count@>17
> +\ifnum\count@>30
>    \typeout{^^J%
>  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^J%
>  !  You are attempting to make a LaTeX format from a source file^^J%
> -!  That is more than one year old.^^J%
> +!  That is more than two years old.^^J%
>  !^^J%
>  !  If you enter <return> to scroll past this message then the format^^J%
>  !  will be built, but please consider obtaining newer source files^^J%
>  !  before continuing to build LaTeX.^^J%
>  !^^J%
> -!  LaTeX is re-issued every 6 months, in June and December.^^J%
> +!  LaTeX is re-issued every year in June.^^J%
>  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!^^J%
>  }
>     \errhelp{To avoid this error message, obtain new LaTeX sources.}
>
> that is, ``LaTeX too old'' error will be disappered in the
> near future because (even?) Debian will be versioned up
> within two years.

We will see...  I would feel much better if I knew that such an error
would be completely ignored or if it would be properly visualized so
people can fix it on their own.

I already stomped over this proplem a couple of times in the past, and
it was a hazzle to find out the cause for the problem is since the
installation didn't spit out proper error messages.  It pointed me to
a file in /tmp where a trained latex admin was able to find the the
reason, but a newbie wouldn't be able to parse all the latex output.

> Perhaps many of us already know this but this might be
> good news for us so I wish to point it out.

It's good news.  However, if I split these 30 months of which 6 we are
in deep freeze, 18 are for the released release and 3 for the delay
before packaging/releasing LaTeX, only three months are left over, so
there's a fair chance that again people will stomp over this problem.

Not sure who it was, but somebody told me that Debian LaTeX will
ignore this problem.  Can somebody confirm this?

Regards,

Joey

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