[NTG-context] texshow out of sync?

Taco Hoekwater taco at elvenkind.com
Tue Mar 11 10:32:32 CET 2008

Peter Münster wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 11 2008, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
>>> What about merging the 2 texshow databases (web and perl), and then
>>> maintaining only one unique database?
>> texshow.pl can't always go to the web to fetch (or even check the
>> filestamp) of its database, that would be dead-slow.  So that
>> would mean pre-packaging the database in the distribution, and
>> that in turn means it will need a maintainer ...
> Hello Taco,
> Do the 2 databases have the same format?

Probably not, texshow-web is a Rails application so it will probably
use an actual SQL database for the additional information. Patrick will
know for sure.

texshow.pl is uses the cont-XX.xml files from the core distribution,
and, optionally, a second XML file per interface for the explanations
and examples etc. The format for that second file is:

    <cd:explanation name="<cmdname>" [type="environment"] >
     <cd:example>...</cd:example> <!-- can be repeated -->
   ... <!-- more explanations -->

> If yes, I could be the maintainer, and copy in a regular time interval the
> web-database to some svn repository or elsewhere for the distribution.
> Then texshow.pl would see the same database, just not the latest version.
> And whenever you or other people add new commands and descriptions, they do
> it on the web only.
> If no, then we could discuss other options...
> Best wishes, Peter

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