[tex-live] filename clash: economic/harvard.sty vs harvard/harvard.sty

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Mon Jan 22 09:48:29 CET 2007

George N. White III <gnwiii at gmail.com> wrote:

> Does the TeX FAQ have a section on filename clashes?

no; not sure how one ought to deal with it -- it really ought to be done
at a higher level.

> texlivetest2007-inst-20070115 on Fedora Core 5
> texmf-dist/tex/latex/economic/harvard.sty
> texmf-dist/tex/latex/harvard/harvard.sty
> MiKTeX-2.5 also suffers from this problem.  The version in
> economic causes problems for people expecting the
> other one -- don't know if the reverse is also true.
> I suppose this is unavoidable.   I'd suggest people who encounter this
> complain to package authors and then copy the file they want to use to
> a place like texmf-local earlier in the search path.

it's not unavoidable.  the harvard/ copy is the current, maintained,
one; i doubt that the ones on the bibtex tree (there are two there) are
even appropriate for current usage.

i guess we've slipped up here.  for tex-live, i would recommend simply
removing the copy in economic/ -- which looks as if it has been edited
since 2.09, but the editor has carefully hidden his tracks.

(1) establish whether anything is lost by junking economic/harvard.sty
(2) contact arne, to see if we can't get this sorted as far as ctan is

given the timescale, i doubt anything other than the above can solve the
problem for tex-live.


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