[tex-live] Bug#561836: please include revtex4 in addition to revtex4.1

Vladimir Lomov lomov.vl at gmail.com
Wed Dec 23 11:40:17 CET 2009

On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 11:11:52 +0100, Norbert Preining wrote:
> Dear all,

> on the Debian side we got a bug report that we ship revtex 4.1 which
> seems to be broken, according the aps itself:
> 	http://authors.aps.org/revtex4/index.html
> and ask for inclusion of revtex 4.

> Stanislav the OP wrote:

> On Di, 22 Dez 2009, Stanislav Maslovski wrote:
>> The 4.1 version is in a separate class file: revtex4-1.cls so there
>> is no filename conflict. Actually, because of this it is impossible to
>> process revtex4 files with the never texlive without modifications.
>> This by itself must be considered a bug of texlive.
> [...]
>> I think that upstream had reasons to name the new revtex class
>> differently, advising its users to keep both versions (perhaps, at
>> least until the bugs of 4.1 fixed).

> What about adding a new tlpsrc package 
> 	revtex4
> that ships the original revtex4 version which is still working?

> Should we do that in TeX Live?
You definitely should do that.

Before today I thought that revtex 4.1 is just one step forward version
(I didn't really read news, sorry, my fault) and it has backward
compatibility with revtex4 (either in form that I would use revtex4
class option or have revtex4 wrapper as with documentstyle command).

Today my colleague notice me that revtex 4.1 has different class name
than revtex4. This breaks completely all my (old) revtex4 documents.

I think it is a matter of time when somebody as for revtex4 class option
wrapper in order to use documents written using revtex4 package.

In the war of wits, he's unarmed.

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