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Bug#420836: texlive-base-bin: "texdoc -s" is too slow, should use ls-R database

Package: texlive-base-bin
Version: 2007-5~backport.1
Severity: wishlist

This wasn't so pressing with tetex-doc, but now that I have texlive-full
installed, texdoc -s is hardly usable: It uses find to search all TEXMF
trees for documentation.  I think it should be changed to use the ls-R
database instead.  Either we live with the fact that it will overlook
newly installed files, or we offer an option to refresh the ls-R
database.  I'd rather hit "n" once after it quickly found out that
the pattern I searched for is not present, than wait for ages.

Regards, Frank

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 4.0
  APT prefers stable
  APT policy: (500, 'stable'), (99, 'unstable'), (1, 'experimental')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell:  /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 2.6.18-4-686
Locale: LANG=de_DE@euro, LC_CTYPE=de_DE@euro (charmap=ISO-8859-15)

Versions of packages texlive-base-bin depends on:
ii  ed                        0.2-20         The classic unix line editor
ii  libc6                     2.3.6.ds1-13   GNU C Library: Shared libraries
ii  libncurses5               5.5-5          Shared libraries for terminal hand
ii  libpng12-0                1.2.15~beta5-1 PNG library - runtime
ii  libpoppler0c2             0.4.5-5.1      PDF rendering library
ii  libx11-6                  2:1.0.3-7      X11 client-side library
ii  libxaw7                   1:1.0.2-4      X11 Athena Widget library
ii  libxmu6                   1:1.0.2-2      X11 miscellaneous utility library
ii  libxpm4                   1:3.5.5-2      X11 pixmap library
ii  libxt6                    1:1.0.2-2      X11 toolkit intrinsics library
ii  mime-support              3.39-1         MIME files 'mime.types' & 'mailcap
ii  perl                      5.8.8-7        Larry Wall's Practical Extraction 
ii  texlive-common            2007-4         TeX Live: Base component
ii  zlib1g                    1:1.2.3-13     compression library - runtime

Versions of packages texlive-base-bin recommends:
ii  perl-tk                      1:804.027-7 Perl module providing the Tk graph

Versions of packages tex-common depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]         1.5.11     Debian configuration management sy
ii  ucf                           2.0020     Update Configuration File: preserv

Versions of packages texlive-base-bin is related to:
pn  tetex-base                    <none>     (no description available)
ii  tetex-bin                     2007-4     TeX Live: teTeX transitional packa
ii  tetex-extra                   2007-4     TeX Live: teTeX transitional packa

-- debconf information:

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

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