[tex-live] antt.tpm occurring in collection-langpolish and -fontsextra

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Thu Oct 6 22:51:50 CEST 2005

Hi Norbert,

    If the same Package-tpm is
    required from different collections, then it comes into both debian
    packages, which gives bad problems.

This seems like a fundamental problem with the Debian scripts.  I see
nothing wrong, in principle, with a package being in several
collections.  It can even be useful, as it is in this case -- GUST users
may not want all of fontsextra, while they do definitely want antt.  My
perltex stuff also seemed "logical" to me.  I can easily imagine that
other language collections would do the same thing.  I gave in on my
perltex stuff since it wasn't a big deal, but I didn't see anything
wrong (in principle) with the cross-dependencies in that case, either.

I don't have any brilliant ideas about how to solve the problem for
Debian(*), but it seems wrong to me to force TL to have this
restriction.  Unless Staszek is happy to just remove it from one or the
other to appease this ...


(*) Non-brilliant idea #1: make such common packages be their own Debian
package, so that both the others can depend on it.

Non-brilliant idea #2: arbitrarily choose debpkg (collection) X where
antt will really reside, then make debpkg Y depend on debpkg X.  Sure,
you get extra stuff along with it, but so what, disks are big.

Non-brilliant idea #3: duplicate such common packages in both debpkg's.

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