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

Khaled Hosny khaledhosny at eglug.org
Fri Jan 14 22:29:18 CET 2011

On Fri, Jan 14, 2011 at 09:57:32PM +0100, Jonas Stein wrote:
> >> 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...

Use MkII it is tried, documented and stable. It is unfair to complain
about something as " changing in arbitrary directions" when it is
declared "beta" and "ever evolving" with big red letters every where :)

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

I don't think this have been a goal.


 Khaled Hosny
 Arabic localiser and member of Arabeyes.org team
 Free font developer

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