[tex-live] Patches for dvidvi

Lionel Elie Mamane lionel at mamane.lu
Mon Jul 2 14:18:54 CEST 2007

On Mon, Jul 02, 2007 at 01:42:06PM +0200, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Mon, 02 Jul 2007, Lionel Elie Mamane wrote:

>> I am the maintainer of the Debian package of dvidvi. As you
>> probably know, Debian recently switched to TeXLive from teTeX, and
>> TeXLive

> Thanks for contacting us. To be honest I had it on my TODO list
> since a long time to get into contact with you because of this
> duplication. I wanted to leave out dvidvi from the DEBIAN TeX Live
> packages and instead depend on your packages, but then I saw what
> you mentioned, that TL has version 1.1, accepts other command line
> switches etc.

Well, after the discussion in Debian bug #411537, the temporary
situation (meant for etch, until I contacted the TeX Live list) was
that: texlive-* does not contain dvidvi, but texlive-extra-utils
recommends (my package) dvidvi.

I realise now that the 2007 packages (in unstable) don't recommend
dvidvi anymore, but don't ship dvidvi either. I don't see anything
that mentions something about that in the changelog.

> (putting TeX Live Developer hat on)

> I don't know about the maintainer status of dvidvi, is it actively
> maintained, and if yes, where?

I don't think it is. dvidvi has been in Debian for nearly a decade
(since October 1997) and no upstream change is known since
then. http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/dviware/dvidvi/ suggests that
1.0 version is even as old as 1994. Its history seems to be that every
version is released by a _different_ upstream:

 - Tomas Rokicki: 0.5 in July 1992 at the latest
 - Esteban Zimanyi: 1.0 in 1994 at the latest
 - Markus Kohm: 1.1 in 1994 at the latest


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