[tex-live] [patch] More consistent paper handling in texconfig

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Mon Feb 15 22:15:43 CET 2010

Martin Schröder <martin at oneiros.de> wrote:

> 2010/2/14 Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de>:
>> On 13 February 2010 Frank Küster wrote:
>>  > currently texconfig(-sys) handles the setting of the default papersize
>>  > differently for each executable involved.  The result is that "texconfig
>>  > paper" only accepts a4 and letter, although most of the individual
>>  > executables can handle many more.
>> Hi Frank,
>> this is desired because nobody needs more.
> ACK. Remember: "texconfig paper" sets the systemwide default. 

Of course, for all "paper-producing" TeX applications.  And "texconfig
dvips paper" sets the systemwide default for dvips.  Why don't you
restrict that to letter and a4?  And what about dvipdfmx?

> I think
> _very_ few people will use something else than a4 or letter for that.

I'm sure that in Debian quite a couple will do, and if only for testing
whether libpaper is properly supported.  I'm not sure about real

But I also don't see a reason to allow all sizes that xdvi, dvips, and
dvipdfmx understand for those, but only letter and a4 for pdftex and for

Regards, Frank
Dr. Frank Küster
Debian Developer (TeXLive)
VCD Aschaffenburg-Miltenberg, ADFC Miltenberg
B90/Grüne KV Miltenberg

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