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

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Wed Mar 11 01:07:44 CET 2009

    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?

My guiding principle is that if you move it to obsolete, that means it
should not be used and there I should remove it from TL.  
I won't say that there aren't exceptions.

    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.

There are multiple implementations of nearly everything.  That doesn't
matter.  What matters is that, in this case, fnpara.sty is not in obsolete.
If it was (which I don't think it should be), then I would want to
remove it.

Regarding ps4pdf, I already wrote my opinion that was quoted elsewhere
in the thread: I think the package should still exist, for
compatibility, even if all it does is call [auto-]pst-pdf.  I had some
recent discussions with Will and Herbert around this kind of thing, but
I still can't say I really understand the situation :(.

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