[OS X TeX] epstopdf
Schremmer.Alain at verizon.net
Wed Sep 28 16:05:03 CEST 2005
Bruno Voisin wrote:
> Le 28 sept. 05 à 02:03, Claus Gerhardt a écrit :
>> On Sep 27, 2005, at 22:27, Chris Goedde wrote:
>> The unix conventions were created out of necessity or out of
>> convenience and most, if not all, software that uses these
>> conventions is free. When the Mac became a unix machine and tetex
>> and friends were ported to OS X by the unselfish work and devotion
>> of people like Thomas Esser, Gerben Wierda, Richard Koch, Sebastian
>> Rahtz to name only a few, these conventions were kept at least at
>> the shell script's level.
>> Calling these people lazy because the restrictions do not suit your
>> idiosyncratic naming habits strikes me as slightly ungrateful.
> I do not think this is what Chris had in mind.
> Calling idiosyncratic the use of spaces in file names, and more
> generally of non-alphanumeric characters, strikes me as slightly
> For years and years spaces and all characters except for ":" have
> been allowed in Mac file names. Now with OS X "/" is forbidden as
> well (depending on the application), and I feel it inconvenient
> enough already to no longer be able to use dates such as 28/09/2005
> in file names.
> You cannot expect people, or ask them, to stop giving files natural
> names, just because that makes the programming task easier. The Mac
> has made its success by adapting the machine to the man, and not the
> other way round.
> Please don't misinterpret me: this is not a criticism of the work of
> Gerben, Thomas, Dick or Sebastian in any way. They give away their
> time and energy freely for the benefit of the whole scientific
> community and far beyond this community (humanities, art, ...). Their
> system is fully usable, and the restriction in the use of epstopdf is
> minor indeed (and, on the Mac, dragging the eps files onto TeXShop to
> have them converted automatically suppresses this restriction).
> But telling this is a perfectly satisfactory situation and people are
> foolish to use spaces in file and directory names: this is a
> statement with which I simply can't agree. Yesterday when reading
> your first message I thought that was irony; but reading today your
> second message, and realizing you were indeed serious, I just can't
> stay silent.
Many people think the status quo is its own justification: The very fact
that it IS proves that it can only be the best of all possible worlds.
As for myself, I wish to be counted with Goedde and Voisin even though I
have no use for epstopdf. But of course, I do resent "to no longer be
able to use dates such as 28/09/2005 in file names."
As someone said, "Apple is just as bad as Microsoft, only much smaller."
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