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Bug#420838: Cleaning generated pk fonts in maintainer scripts

Package: tex-common
Version: 1.7
Severity: normal

Just forwarding a mail which have marked as "unread" for ages, so that
it won't be completely forgotten.

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From: Florent Rougon <f.rougon@free.fr>

> Frank Küster <frank@kuesterei.ch> wrote:
> >
> > - clean up the files in each $TEXMFVAR/fonts directory below /home/.
> >   I'm not sure this is a good idea, or even allowed by policy
> I'm pretty sure it is not allowed. Users could well get pissed off if
> something in their home directory was changed without their consent.

I also have this problem: the old cjk-latex package depended on TFM
fonts.  When using xdvi or dvips, MakeTeXPK would make the necessary
PK fonts.

The newest version of latex-cjk depends on Type1 fonts and doesn't
need any PK fonts.  However, several of these old PK fonts are still
in ~/.texmf-var/ (or perhaps even /var/cache/fonts/).  This causes the
LaTeX process to fail.

If I could point you to bug #406701
(http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=406701), where a
user had problems processing a CJK LaTeX file because he had such
remnants in ~/.texmf-var/fonts/.

I've written a note about this, in tempore non suspecto, in the
README.Debian in latex-cjk telling users to remove these PK fonts, but
I'm afraid few people actually read it.

cjk-latex doesn't have a huge user base ATM, so I could probably deal
with individual bug reports.  But a more structural solution would be
preferable.  Perhaps writing a debconf warning with big fat red
exclamation marks for packages which have to deal with old PK fonts?





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

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