[tex-live] texdoc index

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Wed Dec 28 01:30:51 CET 2011

On 2011-12-26 at 18:36:22 +0100, Martin Schröder wrote:

 > Hi,
 > 'texdoc index' shows
 >   doc/support/makeindex/ind.pdf
 > instead of
 >   doc/latex/index/index.pdf
 > I can understand the idea, but I expected the documentation for the
 > index package...

When running 

   texdoc --debug index

I get:

  texdoc debug-score: Name used: makeindex/ind.pdf
  texdoc debug-score: Start heuristic scoring with pattern: index
  texdoc debug-score: Final heuristic score: -10
  texdoc debug-score: Matching alias 'ind', score: 10
  texdoc debug-score: Max pattern score: 10
  texdoc debug-score: Final score: 10

It seems that it has been aliased deliberately.  With other words,
someone decided that ind.pdf is more appropriate than index.pdf.

You can either unset the alias in your config file or try to convince
Manuel that his decision was not ideal.

My personal opinion is that one has to be extremely careful when
adding aliases to the texdoc distribution.  Some are unavoidable and
some are only for convenience.  The latter might make most people
happy but are an annoyance to others.  It's always a tightrope walk.


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