[NTG-pdftex] [tex-live] Debian TeX -- new packages

Frank Küster frank at debian.org
Mon Apr 2 18:10:28 CEST 2007

Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> wrote:

> Hi Frank,
> Frank Küster wrote:
>> Taco Hoekwater <taco at elvenkind.com> wrote:
>>> If everybody links with poppler, poppler should be in the repository,
>>> not xpdf.
>> I have half-finished autoconf magic to make the switch to poppler
>> configurable.  If you volunteer  to finish it, I can send it to you.
> Since I am the one complaining, that would definately be fair.
> But before I say yes, how much knowledge would be needed? I know
> only a very little bit about autoconf, and unless there is a good
> manual you can point me to, it could take me a long time to learn.

I don't know much about autoconf, too, and I found the info manual, as
well as other resources, hardly helpful:  They teach you how to use
existing macros, but not how to write new ones.  

I tried to prepare a diff of my working directory and normal texlive
dir, but what I didn't remember was that I copied the poppler sources
into the tree (because I thought it would be easier to make the
dynamic-vs-static linking switch first, and xpdf vs poppler later).
Since I am not sure which files in the poppler dir I touched, it doesn't
make much sense to try to diff the trees without remembering what I did
(and I don't have time for this ATM).

Actually, what I did was pretty straightforward: I copied libfoo.ac (I
think foo=png, but I'm not sure) and did simple replaces.  I stopped
when I came to the place were it was necessary to know how to detect
installed poppler header files with autoconf, see above.

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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