Bug#402994: use new libpaper hook to track system paper size
Ralf Stubner <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> I guess the patch to texconfig that you wrote is
>> the better approach.
> The approach is flawed, however,
That's what occurred to me too while riding my bike to the
> since it is very easy to construct
> situations where files in /etc are automatically changed, which we must
> not do. Hence it is probably easier to make all files that can be
> changed via texconfig proper configfiles in /etc, as you already
> suggested. Then we would need the permission to modify these files in
> some aspects. We could get this permission either via a debconf message
> (IMO overkill) or by something like this:
> The libpaper hock script reads in, say, /etc/default/tetex which
> contains a variable, say, USE_LIBPAPER. By default this variable is set
> to 'no', which makes the libpaper hock script excit with a suitable
> message. If the variable is set to 'yes', the libpaper hock script will
> adjust the configuration files.
That's a nice approach. No need to hack texconfig even further.
We need to
- ship the libpaper hook and the file in /etc/default
- synchronize the available paper sizes in texconfig and libpaper,
filtering unknown ones out in the hook script (even if currently none
would be unknown)
- test everything
* I think we shouldn't use the filename /etc/default/tetex: The setting
will actually also have effect when texlive is installed and used
* It would be good if texconfig could be notified that it doesn't need
to recreate the formats, since we're doing that anyway a couple of
I think such an option would even make sense to submit upstream,
because it is usefull if one wants to change a couple of things at the
same time, like papersize and hyphenation patterns.
* Generally, we should try to provide the parts that make sense upstream
as separate patches.
> Nice thing would be that no patches for texconfig or dvips/dvipdfm would
> be needed.
Except enabling more paper sizes - but that's also something upstream
will probably accept.
Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)