Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 188904
RFE: The current caption.sty is outdated
Last modified: 2013-07-02 19:15:59 EDT
Description of problem:
I became aware this morning, via an exchange on comp.text.tex, that the current
version of the FC4 caption style package is outdated.
The thread in question is available here:
It is currently dated July 18, 2004. The most recent version on CTAN is January
21, 2006 and there are apparently other interim updates since 2004.
The newer version(s) apparently handle certain situations (such as forcing
multiline captions) without errors.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run latex or pdflatex on the source file in the usenet thread above
2. Errors relating to the use of "\\" to force line breaks in the caption are
reported (for line 17 in the source file, which is the caption code). Removing
the "\\" removes the error messages.
Errors are reported as described above.
According to other participants in the referenced thread, the newer versions do
not report these errors, suggesting better handling of at least this situation
and perhaps others, including perhaps other functional updates.
I'm not sure what process is in place to review and update TeX styles in the FC
packages, but presumably if this style is outdated, there may be others worthy
Just as a quick follow up, the booktabs.sty is also outdated. The version in FC4
is dated April 7, 2003, whilst the current version on CTAN is dated April 14, 2005.
The caption style is now updated in rawhide. Maybe there are many styles that
are outdated, but it's quite impossible to keep them all to date. Maybe we
should push upstream developers to do releases more frequently.
Jindrich, thanks for the follow up.
To your query, that would be great if reasonable. As you note, there are many
packages within the TeTeX distribution. I don't know what resources Thomas Esser
may or may not have to address this point.
From reviewing the repo at:
it would be appear that it has been over a year since the last official 3.0
release, with no indications of incremental updates from what I can see.
The history with v2.x seems to have been two early and rapid bug fix releases,
but no incremental feature updates.
tetex-3.0-19.fc5 has been pushed for fc5, which should resolve this issue. If these problems are still present in this version, then please make note of it in this bug report.
tetex-3.0-10.FC4 has been pushed for fc4, which should resolve this issue. If these problems are still present in this version, then please make note of it in this bug report.