[NTG-context] ConTeXt does not execute MetaPost (in debian experimental)

Jonas Stein news at jonasstein.de
Fri Jan 14 21:57:32 CET 2011

>> In that case one should better run mtxrun instead of luatools (they
>> are equivalent at the moment, but luatools is becomming obsolete).
> Ahhh ... I guess that needs some divine inspiration to know ...
>> And yes, texmfcnf.lua should be carefully designed to match the
>> structure of texmf trees in debian.
> Of course, looking into it I graasped that now.
> Why on earth can mtxrun not simply load the main texmf.cnf like
> any other program in the TeX world and initialize the values from 
> there I ask myself.
> I am slowly giving up on ConTeXt. It is changing in arbitrary directions
> far too often, and still things like multi-user support are not
> here since ages. I know, it is primary Hans' system and it has to
> work primarily on his computer, but that means that distributing
> it within any distribution system is plain pain :-(
> All that of course relates only to MkIV. I guess I will just add
> one sentence to the README.Debian:
> 	MkIV is not suppored on Debian. If you know how to set it
> 	up you can do it yourself and educate the maintainer,
> 	otherwise simply use MkII or the ConTeXt minimals.

Its so sad to read this but no other reply on this thread till now.
As far i have looked into the .deb packages the bug should be in the 
current stable versions too.

The ideas behind context are so nice and could save us from so 
much latex-pain. If there are no context-packages, that work
out of the box it will be a project for developers.
Developers are known to code and not to write documentation...

Is there any hope that context will become a replacement of latex?

Kind regards,

Jonas Stein <news at jonasstein.de>

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