[texworks] Trying to build TeXworks on Xubuntu 8.10

Jonathan Kew jonathan at jfkew.plus.com
Mon Jan 19 13:36:01 CET 2009

On 19 Jan 2009, at 11:57, Iwan Setyawan wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm trying to build TeXworks on Xubuntu 8.10. I followed the  
> directions here: http://code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/Building.  
> However, I'm encountering some problems when the system tried to  
> setup the comerr-dev package (version 1.41.3-1ubuntu1). The system  
> gives the following error:
> install-info: No dir file specified; try --help for more information.
> dpkg: error processing comerr-dev (--install):
> And since some other packages depends on this package (or depends on  
> a package that depends on this one), they are not installed  
> correctly either. Can anybody give me hints how to proceed? Is it  
> possible to modify the script(s) inside the .deb file to circumvent  
> this problem?
> Any help is greatly appreciated.

I haven't heard of this before (never even heard of comerr-dev, though  
very likely it's been automatically installed as a dependency of other  

If you try to install comerr-dev itself directly using Xubuntu's  
package manager, do you encounter the same problem? This sounds like a  
packaging error in that package (rather than anything directly related  
to TeXworks), and should be reported to its maintainers.

Have you tried searching the (X)ubuntu support forums for any  
information on this? If that package is currently broken in their  
repositories, I'd expect there to be problem reports around  


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