[tex-live] Re: Re: Aleph versioning

Giuseppe Bilotta bilotta78 at hotpop.com
Thu Sep 2 01:48:08 CEST 2004

Olaf Weber wrote:
> Giuseppe Bilotta writes:
> > Fabrice Popineau wrote:
> >> Could you consider including the following patch? It makes Aleph
> >> banner more consistant with the other engines. Also, the
> >> lib/printversion.c C code parses your banner, but assumes that
> >> there is no space char in it (which is not true in your case), so
> >> 'aleph --version' results in incorrect output.
> > May I offer a counter proposal?
> > I think that the various version_strings should *not* contain 
> > the leading hyphen, so I would rather change the banner to read
> >> @d banner=='This is Aleph, Version 3.141592-',Omega_version_string,'-',eTeX_version_string,'-',Aleph_version_string {printed when \TeX\ starts}
> > but I would rather not touch the version_strings (except for 
> > the Aleph_version_string so as to remove the space).
> > I've seen that e-TeX, pdf-TeX etc go the "leading hyphen" way 
> > too. For them, I would suggest putting the hyphens in the 
> > 'constant' string of the banner, removing them from the version 
> > strings.
> > What do you think?
> I care very little one way or the other, though it is clear we'll have
> to be consistent.  A few changes will have to be made in etex.mk and
> pdftex.mk and some other locations, but it is all doable.

IMO it's more cleaner to have the hyphens in the banner rather 
than in the version_strings.

> Please do drop the double-hypens from the aleph version string though,
> it is mainly seen on the terminal, and very ugly there.

No problem with that. I won't be able to checkin before Friday 
though, probably.

Giuseppe "Oblomov" Bilotta

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