[NTG-context] new beta

Johan Sandblom Johan.Sandblom at cns.ki.se
Thu Apr 14 16:50:34 CEST 2005

Sorry for going off topic, but since it is a concern ...

Using a linux distribution with an intelligent package/dependencies
handling system such as Gentoo or Debian would end your updating
woes for all time. In debian testing

apt-get install inkscape

downloads and installs inkscape 0.41 and updates all dependencies 
automatically and in Gentoo

ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" emerge -ua inkscape

downloads the source of inkscape 0.41 and all required dependencies and 
compiles them (taking a lot of time of course). Without going to the 
testing distribution ("~x86") you get 0.37

Comparing the two, the debian testing distribution has never been less
than stable while gentoo testing is updated faster, but has given me trouble 
at some points.

Sorry for the noise if this is inappropriate information for this list,


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----- Original Message -----
From: Hans Hagen <pragma at wxs.nl>
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:33 am
Subject: Re: [NTG-context] new beta

> Paul Tremblay wrote:
> > Is inkscape the beast that gave you so much trouble with the glib
> > library? I know I tried to install it and gave up after I couldn't
> > install glib. 
> indeed, but since i use windows as production platform i can wait 
> till i've 
> updated the linux machines; i have no idea how well inkscape 
> installs on the mac
> > Why did you choose inskscape? I thought inkscape is supposed to 
> be a
> > great gui svg-editor, but I wonder if you need all of its power just
> > to do a conversion. I use batik for my conversions, which is 
> part of
> > the apache project. Of course, it is written in java, which raises
> > other problems.
> indeed, i find installing java programs (sometimes bigger than tex 
> collections) 
> with this classpath stuff often troublesome (unless there is an 
> installer, which 
> is often true for gui based programs);
> concerning the alternatives: batik and imagemagick are not good 
> enough (hardly 
> maintained too); i ran a sample set of some 9000 svg graphics 
> trough the 
> converter tools and it worked ok with inkscape; it was also fast; 
> btw, some 
> versions give problems (0.41 is ok, 0.40 was bugged, 0.39 ok if i 
> remember right)
> (the only drawback of inkscape is the clumsy command line print 
> feature, kind of 
> piping, while just writing to a file would have been nicer)
> Hans
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