[tex-live] Patches for dvidvi

Lionel Elie Mamane lionel at mamane.lu
Mon Jul 2 12:49:43 CEST 2007


I am the maintainer of the Debian package of dvidvi. As you probably
know, Debian recently switched to TeXLive from teTeX, and TeXLive
contains its own dvidvi. I am writing to you because the dvidvi in
Debian contains patches (by, among others, Benjamin Bayart) for
various improvements. I thought you'd like to integrate them in
TeXLive. Here a few extracts from the changelog of the Debian package
of dvidvi:

 * Integrate patch by Benjamin Bayart to take into account PostScript
   inclusion \special's in the first page even if the first page is
   not kept in the final result. Fixes handling of dvi files making
   use of PStricks or colour or other advanced PostScript features.

 * dvidvi.c (stringdvibuf): Fix "unexpected eof" error on some big
   files; thanks to Benjamin BAYART for the patch.  Closes: #231275.

 * Make the C code warning-free.

The Debian package also contains a Unix version of a5booklet, which
TeXLive seems to be missing. The code changes in Debian are naturally
untested on non-Unix (or non-modern Unix) platforms.

On the other hand, the version in TeXLive contains other changes
compared to the version the one in Debian is based on. In particular:

 - it has version number 1.1 instead of 1.0

 - accepts command line switches -j and -p.

The changes in Debian (wrt to version 1.0) can be found at
and my try at merging the changes in TeXLive (wrt 1.0) and in Debian at
http://people.debian.org/~lmamane/dvidvi/dvidvi.merged.c .

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replies. Thanks.)


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