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Old 05-10-2010, 12:07 PM
"Robert P. J. Day"
 
Default where to make packaging suggestions? the monstrosity that is "xmlto"

in the process of setting up my 10.04 box for
typesetting/publishing, and went to install the "xmlto" package --
sadly, it insists on dragging in dozens and dozens of "tex"-related
packages and requiring 757MB of extra disk space. so, a thought or
two.

1) given that people might want to use "xmlto" for generating
simple HTML, it's not clear that every xmlto user needs all that
tex-related crap. can it be repackaged to make all of that only
*suggested*?

2) given that FOP is now a viable (if still incomplete) XML to PDF
translator, that argues even more strongly for making tex stuff
optional, since FOP might -- for many people -- be perfectly adequate.

is this a reasonable suggestion to make to the appropriate parties?

rday

p.s. strictly from a personal perspective, but i think a typesetting
kind of ubuntu task would be useful. perhaps "desktop publishing",
which would represent stuff like xmlto, docbook-related packages,
scribus, etc. is that worth suggesting? more generally, is ubuntu
open to the introduction of new, well-defined tasks for
/usr/share/tasksel/ubuntu-tasks.desc?

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