Subject: Re: texinfo files
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <>
From: Bill Studenmund <>
List: current-users
Date: 09/25/1998 18:08:11
On Fri, 25 Sep 1998, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> Perhaps not, and I'm not asking that it be done either, but so long as
> NetBSD sources come with texinfo documentation it should be next to
> trivial for someone to install whatever TeX package they wish into the
> base system and be able to typeset those documents into one of their
> intended final forms.

I agree that we should allow for whatever TeX instalation the user wants.
Their milage will varry with a non-pkg one, but they can do whatever they

> If this means having a dummy "tex" script in /usr/bin, then that should
> be a perfectly acceptable alternative.  Such a script could first try to
> exec another "tex" elsewhere in the path, but if it can't it prints
> something to the effect of:

I vote we just teach our texi2dvi to print this message. Because the path
a user is running is ENTIRELY up to him or her, this system script would
have to do some interesting gyrations to cover all the bases. Plus, I'd
rather not have a "tex" in-tree if it's not a real TeX.

> 	You need to install TeX to typeset texinfo, LaTeX, and similar
> 	forms of documents.   One way you can do this by downloading and
> 	installing the teTeX package from the main NetBSD distribution
> 	site.  Please read the file found at the following URL for
> 	complete instructions:

I like the message. :-)

Take care,