[tex-live] correct location for papersize info

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Fri Sep 23 11:11:03 CEST 2011

karl at freefriends.org (Karl Berry) wrote:

> Hi Frank,
>     Debian has patched texconfig so that it can handle more paper sizes
> Who wanted what as a default besides letter or a4?  Just curious.

Actually, I don't recall anyone really requesting _that_.  But many
wanted the Debian packages to ask the Debian-specific libpaper for the
system paper size and call texconfig paper with that size.  It was me
who rather wanted to extend what pdftex understands instead of
restricting what can be set for the other binaries.

>     I would like to extract the paper size information from config.ps
>     and put the file at some place where texconfig can read it.  
> So that all that paper size info is in two places?
> That also seems undesirable ... ah well.

Yes, but it's not a big issue.  Papersizes aren't changed or even added
every other month, and we could re-extract the info when we build the
Debian package.  Then it gets refreshed at least when TeXLive changes

Moreover, one could also say the design flaw is with config.ps.  While
this is a configuration file, the papersize information is not
configuration, but just data.

> I agree TEXMF/web2c looks like a perfectly reasonable place.

Thank you, Frank

Frank Küster
Sprecher B90/Grüne OV Miltenberg und Umgebung
VCD Miltenberg, ADFC Aschaffenburg-Miltenberg
Debian Developer (TeXLive)

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