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Re: debian-0.90: a few comments

Sunando Sen <sens@acf2.NYU.EDU> writes:

> [...] I just don't want to download and reinstall everything when
> only a few things have changed.

It is not possible to upgrade from 0.90 to 0.91.  I think Ian Murdock
made this clear as soon as the decision to change from absolute to
relative paths in the *.deb (gzipped cpio) files was made.

Summary: reinstall everything.  :(

Advice: wait for 0.92. :)

> 3.  The copy of vi (or rather elvis) is buggy.  It corrupts the
> screen once I suspended it, and I couldn't return to it with `fg' at
> all.  This is only a guess, but I suspect this comes from the buggy
> copy of elvis-1.17 in sunsite.unc.edu.  The patches used by the
> author looked wrong to me, and anyway it had the same symptom as
> debian's elvis.  I do have a fixed copy of elvis.

A fix for this would be great.  This bug is really annoying.

> 5.  I was surprised to find twm missing, but that is only a minor
> matter.

I would personally like to see tvtwm provided, but I've managed quite
well with fvwm so far.  Maybe I can provide tvtwm once time allows.

I suggest that you consider putting a twm package together for Debian.
There is no reason why you couldn't, is there?

> 6.  The emacs could also do with a little better packaging.  I suggest
> including Robert Sander's console.el, which is setup for the Linux
> console terminal.  I have a copy of console.el and a defaults.el with
> user-friendly keybindings.  The default us.map that comes with the
> kernel is not complete enough for emacs.  For example, typical emacs
> keystrokes like `Ctrl-@' or `Alt-%' are not defined (in general, no
> Ctrl-Shift or Alt-Shift combinations are defined).  I also have a copy
> us.map of that takes care of these that I would like to contribute.

Could you please mail any Emacs stuff to me so I can get it into the
next Emacs release along with the other changes I've made?

If you could clarify what you mean by "a little better packaging", I
would appreciate it as well.  I selfishly want to make Debian's Emacs
implementation as good as possible since I seem to spend 90% of my
time in it.

> 8.  Is anybody working on making a TeX distribution?  I have built the
> latest web2c 6.0 stuff without any problem.  I also could contribute
> some slightly enhanced lpd filters and printcaps for laserjets.

Supposedly, someone is.  I think we have to get a vanilla TeX into the
distribution NOW and worry about enhancements later.  It has already
taken far too long.

I wonder if Ian Murdock would be willing to include the first
completely working TeX package that showed up at his door.


Daniel Quinlan  <quinlan@spectrum.cs.bucknell.edu>

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