[tex-k] [rhn-admin@rhn.redhat.com: RHN Errata Alert: Command execution vulnerability in dvips]

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz@computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
04 Nov 2002 11:05:36 +0000

On Mon, 2002-11-04 at 00:42, Kevin Cahill wrote:
> As one who uses both TeX and Red Hat Linux
> without being associated with the creation of either product,
> it seems to me that the TeX community periodically should construct
> complete, medium-size, and small bundles of tex, latex, pdftex, fonts, 
> etc., for distribution by Red Hat, Debian, et al.

speaking for TeX Live, it is my wish and intention to
make .deb packages in due course. But its not that easy,
because of existing teTeX .debs, so I have to make things that *add* to
teTeX. Not to mention finding a lot of spare time.

> It is unreasonable to expect those who distribute linux
> to become experts in the arcane texnical details
> of TeX and all the other applications that they distribute.

well, surely, on the contrary. If someone takes on the task
of making a .deb or .rpm for teTeX, they have an absolute
duty to understand what they are doing!
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