[tex-live] Bug#488707: ps4pdf.sty missing

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Mar 10 13:08:19 CET 2009

Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at> wrote:

> we got a bug report that ps4pdf.sty is missing. It is true that it is
> listed on CTAN in obsolete, and I am not sure if we every included it in
> TeX Live, and I have no idea whether it should be used or should not be
> used, so please advise.
> I am indifferent on that stuff.

istr we had a request that ps4pdf be moved to obsolete -- i think we
were told that pst-pdf supersedes it.

the whole area is a mess, of course: there are at least 4 packages
aiming to do the same thing.  the suggestion that ps4pdf is the only
documented option is i think less than reasonable: pst-pdf seems well
documented (to my eye -- i've never used it); and epstopdf is so trivial
that i've never felt the need to look for docs...

whatever, i don't see why tl shouldn't hold a copy; there's precedent
both for removing obsolete packages and for for keeping them for
backwards compatibility reasons, surely?

i note, for example, that tl holds fnpara.sty, which is inferior to the
implementation in footmisc, which in turn is inferior to the stuff in
bigfoot and friends.


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