[tex-live] [dev-context] New Debian TeX packages for Etch

Aditya Mahajan adityam at umich.edu
Fri Dec 7 20:56:38 CET 2007

Hi Norbert,

Sorry for the (extremely) late reply.

On Mon, 5 Nov 2007, Norbert Preining wrote:

> Hi Aditya,
> On Mo, 05 Nov 2007, Aditya Mahajan wrote:
>> So, there are two differences here. The files are organized in a different
>> directory structure, and have a different extension. Is there some way
>> this can be corrected at the packaging end?
> I will take a look at that, but note that the
> 	context-doc-nonfree
> packages has NOT been updated in a while, so it probably is in a bad
> state wrt organization. Next upload will ship pdf uncompressed, and
> hopefully fix these issues.
> Can you propose/list a better/working layout? The docs should reside
> somehow under
> 	/usr/share/doc/<package>
> but can be linked into
> 	/usr/share/doc/texmf/
> which in turn is linked from
> 	/usr/share/texmf/doc/
> so that texdoc finds the stuff.

How about having the same directory structure as in the context standalone 
distribution? For that, we will need to make the following changes

cd /usr/share/doc/context-doc-nonfree/

gunzip showcase/*.pdf.gz
gunzip manuals/*.pdf.gz

mv showcase/*.pdf ./
rmdir showcase

mkdir general
mv manuals general

The files in setup/ are ok, since they are not linked by anything else. 
Also, can the context magazines 
(isoimage/usr/local/context/docroot/documents/general/magazines in the 
context standalone distribution) be included in the debian package at 
/usr/share/doc/context-doc-nonfree. Their location does not matter, but to 
keep the directory structure future proof, I would suggest the same 
strucutre as pragma's So they can be copied to general/magazines/

As you mentioned, these need to be linked to appropriate directories so 
that texdoc can also find them. I could not figure out how context files 
are linked in the texmf tree, but texdoc does find the files. I assume 
that the above changes will not make searching for pdfs difficult for 

Thank you once more for maintaining the context packages for debian. It 
really makes it easy to setup context on ubuntu.


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