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Subject: Re: r24917: again no manual update

Re: r24917: again no manual update

From: Mike Holden <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 13:12:02 -0000

Thomas Martitz wrote:
> On 27.02.2010 11:43, Dominik Riebeling wrote:
>> On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 8:46 AM, Jonathan Gordon<> wrote:
>>> 3) TeX is a PITA to work in and not everyone has the required tools
>> If it's *just* adding new wps tags to a table there shouldn't be a
>> problem at all. Hey, we're talking about people who managed to figure
>> how to program C, so we should really expect them being able to extend
>> something in a markup language that just needs to be extended.
> The ability to program C doesn't suggest being to write Latex stuff.
> They're completely separate beasts, and latex is not trivial at all.

Surely much of it will be a simple "copy, paste, change the text" process though
using already-existing entries from the same part of that manual, rather than
writing code from scratch.

I've never learned or studied Java, C++, Visual Basic and many other languages, but
I can look at existing code and use my skills learned from programming in Basic,
Pascal, C, Perl, Php etc to be able to read existing code and figure out what is
going on, and make changes based on what is already there, to achieve satisfactory
results. I would imagine I could do the same for LaTeX without too much trouble,
given suitable code already in-place which does similar things to what I wanted to

>> Furthermore, most people work on Linux. All Linux distributions ship
>> LaTeX.
> Wrong, because the required packages for the rockbox manual are worth
> over 500MB.

So you're saying that most major distros DON'T ship with LaTeX? Or are you saying
that they do, but that it is a large package set? I can only speak for Fedora, but
Fedora 12 certainly ships with a number of LaTeX packages.
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Received on 2010-02-27

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