[tex-live] ovp2ovf with VPL input

Lars Hellström Lars.Hellstrom at residenset.net
Tue Sep 15 12:13:14 CEST 2009

Arthur Reutenauer skrev:
>>>  And/or look up the ovp2ovf
>>> sources and see if anything jumps out?
>> Given that the first error reported concerns parsing (of the very first  
>> line!!), and that the parser is in Yacc, I feel out of my depth.
>   You're not the only one.
>   A friend of mine wrote a patch for several ovp2ovf bugs and submitted a bug
> report on the Debian bug tracker, over five years ago
> (http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=229184).  A couple of months
> later, I tracked down a few more bugs and sent a patch to John Plaice for him
> to apply upstream.  He never did it, nor did Yannis Haralambous, to whom I sent
> the same patch one year later.  The patch eventually made it to TeX Live in
> March last year thanks to another friend of mine, as you can see in the
> discussion that he started on
> http://tug.org/pipermail/tex-live/2008-March/015503.html (there is a link to a
> post with my patch later in the thread).
>   I would expect that the most basic bugs in ovp2ovf are now fixed in TeX Live
> since then, but I might be wrong.

This one seems very basic indeed: choking even on the output of ovf2ovp 
(see other posting).

>  As far as I am concerned, I gave up trying
> to fix bugs in the Omega fonts utilities eventually.  In any case, I can
> confirm that at some point ovp2ovf did not work at all on valid OVP files due
> to some basic (and silly) parse error.

A switch back to v1.11 seems more and more attractive; it may have been 
built by stone age tools (Web, Pascal), but if it works and anyway 
isn't being developed further, then who cares?

Lars Hellström

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