[tex-live] Bug#561530: texlive-latex-base: \noextrasfrancais macro does not work : frenchb.ldf problem

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Sat Dec 19 10:24:12 CET 2009

Hi everyone,

on the Debian side we got a bug report concerning french.ldf.

Does anyone here with experience in French TeXnicalities have an
opinion on that:

On Thu, 17 Dec 2009, Denis Prost wrote:
> Here is a sample tex file :
> ------------
> %% LyX 1.6.5 created this file.  For more info, see http://www.lyx.org/.
> %% Do not edit unless you really know what you are doing.
> \documentclass[french]{article}
> \usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
> \usepackage[latin9]{inputenc}
> \usepackage{babel}
> \addto\extrasfrench{\providecommand{\og}{\leavevmode\flqq~}\providecommand{\fg}{\ifdim\lastskip>\z@\unskip\fi~\frqq}}
> \begin{document}
> \noextrasfrancais
> \begin{itemize}
> \item bullet
> \end{itemize}
> \end{document}
> ----------------------
> when I process it with pdflatex from texlive-latex-base 2009-4
> (debian sid), the resulting pdf shows a dash instead of the bullet
> that the \noextrasfrancais macro is supposed to produce.
> After some investigations, I realized that simply replacing
> /usr/share/texmf-texlive/tex/generic/babel/frenchb.ldf with the one
> from texlive-latex-base 2007.dfsg.2-4ubuntu1 solved the problem.
> So it seems there's something wrong in the new frenchb.ldf file,
> unless \noextrasfrancais is not supposed to work as it used to any
> more ?

Thanks a lot and all the best


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