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Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Packaging

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: [AUCTeX-devel] Packaging
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2006 11:50:00 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.50 (gnu/linux)

Ralf Angeli <address@hidden> writes:

> It seems that the preview-latex install base doesn't gain much after
> the inclusion in AUCTeX due to packagers having problems with it,
> see
> e.g. <URL:>.
> At least in FreeBSD's port it is enabled.

I guess that we should probably recommend the "--without-texmf-dir"
way of doing things for everybody that does not want to ship a
combined Emacs/TeX distribution.  That makes it easy to switch between
different TeX engines.  Of course, it requires that the TEXINPUTS
manipulations do the trick.  But I think they should.

There is a problem with preview-TeX-style-dir, though: it requires the
correct kpathsea character to be known at compile time.  We should
remove that character from the string again, I think.

We need to get this fixed, I guess.  One possibility would be to use
TeX-kpathsea-path-delimiter when it is a string, another is to expand
the file name to absolute and check whether it has a colon in second
position (in which case using ";" as a delimiter would be a reasonable

If there already _is_ a ":" or ";" character there at the end (maybe
from a previous installation), we can of course leave it there.  But
other than that, we should not put it there in the first place.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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