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Bug#324704: RFP: dvi2bitmap -- library and application to rapidly generate bitmaps from TeX DVI files

Package: wnpp
Severity: wishlist

* Package name    : dvi2bitmap
  Version         : 0.13
  Upstream Author : Norman Gray <norman@astro.gla.ac.uk>
* URL             : https://sourceforge.net/projects/dvi2bitmap/
* License         : GPL
  Description     : library and application to rapidly generate bitmaps from TeX DVI files

(Include the long description here.)

dvi2bitmap is a utility to convert TeX DVI files directly to bitmaps,
without going through the complicated (and slow!) route of conversion
via PostScript and PNM.  The prime motivation for this is to prepare
mathematical equations for inclusion in HTML files, but there is a broad
range of uses beyond that.

dvi2bitmap is written in portable C++, and the program acts as a wrapper
round the libdvi2bitmap library (both static and shareable), which
abstracts DVI and PK files and their contents, Bitmaps, and various
other objects supporting these. The library has extensive API
documentation, and is intended to be useful for other projects.

It can generate XBM, XPM and GIF bitmaps, plus PNG, if you have the
libpng library installed.

Uses the same kpathsea font-searching library as other TeX programs,
again as long as you have the appropriate library installed.

I'm the author of the upstream package, but regrettably don't feel I
can commit right now to creating and maintaining the Debian package.
A few hours with the New Maintainer's Guide and dh_make tells me that I
can probably hack together the beginnings of a package, but also that it
would take more time than I can responsibly commit right now to produce
a package that would actually be submittable.

Also, the package in question contains -- indeed is primarily
-- a library: the New Maintainer's Guide advises against such a
thing being one's first package, and the Library Packaging Guide at
is intimidatingly long.

The current dvi2bitmap release uses autoconf, automake and libtool to
do its work.  It's currently built nightly on a half-dozen architectures
including Debian 3.0r3 on i386.  I hope it would, therefore, be relatively
easy to package for someone who knows (or is looking to practise) the
library voodoo, and any portability problems I'd take as upstream bugs
and fix and rerelease as soon as possible.  If it's possible to include
the debian/ materials in the current repository, so that I can generate
.deb packages as part of the normal release procedure, or if there's
anything else I can do to facilitate this, I'd be delighted to do it.

I wish I could do more, but my brain's rather full just now.  Here's
hoping someone wants a guinea pig....

All the best,


-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.8-2-k7
Locale: LANG=C, LC_CTYPE=en_GB.iso88591 (charmap=ISO-8859-1)

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