Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 59390
Old version pdfEtex in tetex-1.0.7-38.2 (RH7.2 update)
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:39:55 EDT
Description of Problem:
Old version pdfEtex
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
tetex-1.0.7-38.2 (RH7.2 update)
Although the pdftex binary has been updated, pdfEtex has not. This is a problem
when using ConTeXt (also part of tetex).
Steps to Reproduce:
1. pdftex -version
2. pdfetex -version
pdftex -version returns:
pdfTeX (Web2C 188.8.131.52) 3.14159-0.14h-released-20010417
kpathsea version 184.108.40.206
This is OK.
pdfetex -version returns:
pdfeTeX (Web2C 7.3.1) 3.14159-0.13d-2.1
kpathsea version 3.3.1
This is not! These two binaries seem to be from different source files, at
least the pdfetex binary does not seem to be from pdftex-20010417.tgz.
Expecting pdfetex -version to return:
pdfeTeX (Web2C 220.127.116.11) 3.14159-0.14h-released-20010417-2.1
kpathsea version 18.104.22.168
In the SPEC file, instead of 'make pdftex' in the 'src/texk/web2c' directory, we
need 'make pdftex pdfetex'. The sources are already there, we just need to
create the binaries...
Side note: The latest beta releases of ConTeXt are more stable/usable than the
ones included in tetex-1.0.7-38.2 (in texmf/tex/context), but need the same
release pdfetex as pdftex.
Have you verified that works when rebuilding the package? I seem to recall
running into problems getting it to work, but perhaps my memory is wrong.
Can you point me to the latest ConTeXt that you think should be included as
well, so that I don't accidentally pick up an old one?
Yes, if I do an 'rpm --rebuild', etc. The result is the same. That is is
reproducible, is obvious from the SPEC file. The pdftex update is IMHO a bit of
a hack. The pdftex binary is actually built twice. Once from the 'teTex-src'
(source0) archive + patches and once from (source26) 'pdftex-20010417.tgz'.
Source0 contains the old pdf(e)tex and both are built (courtesy line 441 of the
SPEC). Source26 contains the new pdf(e)tex (line 473). Pdftex is built and
installed (again), but not so pdfetex.
As stated before line 473 could easily change to
'make pdftex pdfetex' and the code around line 496 wants to install
'texk/web2c/pdfetex' as well.
I you would like, I could create a 'diff -u' for these changes and a seperate
one for the updated ConTeXt package.
At the moment ConTeXt lives at the temporary location:
These 'beta' versions are very stable. The ConText authors (email@example.com)
recommend to always use the latest beta. Support (by the authors) via the
mailinglist is excellent and fast. It is a good alternative to LaTeX.
> The pdftex update is IMHO a bit of a hack.
Yes, certainly. Any suggestion for making it better?
With pdfetex: I get this:
make: *** No rule to make target `pdfetex'. Stop.
I actually would appreciate a spec file diff, if you wouldn't mind. Sorry..
Created attachment 45300 [details]
Patch to build pdfetex from the 0.14h source
Created attachment 45301 [details]
Add rule to top level makefile to build pdfetex
We would really need a newer teTeX version. Unfortunately, I don't know much
about other flavours of TeX to look into this myself...
Anyway, for now we can adapt the hack.
The patchfile for updating 'tetex.spec' is called 'tetex.spec-pdfetex.patch'.
It requires one extra patch named 'pdftex-20010417-makefile.patch' to be in
You were right when you said that 'make pdftex pdfetex' did not work.
The top-level makefile only contains a rule for 'pdftex'. The makefile in
src/texk/web2c however does contain a rule for 'pdfetex'. The appended
'pdftex-20010417-makefile.patch' fixes this by adding the extra rule to
the top-level makefile, delegating to the lower makefile like the 'pdftex'
I've tested the result and it seems to work well.
It may be better to remove ConTeXt from the tetex SRPM. ConTeXt is in active
developement and it produces several new versions per year with bug fixes and
new features (recent additions include XML-support for instance). It is a
nuisance to compile the whole tetex package (due to it's size) every time that
there is an update. It should not be too difficult to remove ConTeXt from the
tetex SRPM an create a new separate ConTeXt SRPM (ConTeXt, ConTeXt-docs and
ConTeXt-printdoc RPMs), so ConTeXt can be updated without conflicts with the
tetex package. The ConTeXt RPMs will be dependent on this (ConTeXt stripped)
version of tetex with it's updated 'pdftex' and 'pdfetex'.
I think that I will develop my personal tetex installation along this line.
It is possible to update ConTeXt within the tetex package.
Would RedHat be interrested in a patch to update ConTeXt to a more useful and
stable version or rather a patch that splits ConTeXt off the tetex SRPM? The
ConTeXt version in tetex-1.0.7-38.2 is 2000.1.31. The latest stable release is
2001.11.13. Beta versions are released about once a month (latest 2002.01.28).
I think just updating the ConTeXt in the teTeX package would be useful for the
short term. Longer term it makes sense to split it out into a separate package.
OK. For personal use I'm working on the tetex-context split first (which is
already 90% finished, it only needs testing now). It should not be difficult to
derive a patch for an update only.
My new ConTeXt SRPM is rather big (22 Mb) with all included documentation.
12-Feb-02 00:54 1372 context-2001.1.28-0.1j.i386.rpm
12-Feb-02 00:54 3636 context-doc_screen_NL-2001.1.28-0.11j.i386.rpm
12-Feb-02 00:54 3272 context-doc_paper_NL-2001.1.28-0.11j.i386.rpm
12-Feb-02 00:55 6396 context-doc_screen_EN-2001.1.28-0.1j.i386.rpm
12-Feb-02 00:55 5800 context-doc_paper_EN-2001.1.28-0.1j.i386.rpm
12-Feb-02 00:55 2176 context-doc_EN-2001.1.28-0.1j.i386.rpm
The update patch will not include any extra documentation. It will increase the
size of the tetex package by 1.6 Mb (= size of the bare ConTeXt sources).
I'll try to get an update patch to you by the end of this weekend.
pdfetex updated in tetex-1.0.7-40 in rawhide (thanks!).
Leaving open for the ConteXt stuff.
OK. I'm nearly ready to start on that ConTeXt update patch.
I have finished my tetex-context split patch. Just like jadetex my new
context RPMS are 'noarch'. Using an older "known stable" ConTeXt version in the
new SRPM (the version that I've used for the past 6 months) I have reprocessed
several documents that I produced last year (some 300 pages) and the result
looks identical. So that one seems to work. Including the pdfetex changes it's
only a 133 line unified diff against tetex.spec (1.0.7-38.2) to remove the old
context in order to prevent conflicts with the new ConTeXt RPMs.
I'll create an update diff on version 1.0.7-40 without extra documentation.
Find attached two patches to update ConTeXt to a newer version.
Download the ConTeXt source from:
Please check that you have version 2002.1.28, otherwise the patch on the ConTeXt
source might not apply. It's awkward that the author does not put the version
number in the filename (It's only on the website). You can find the version
number in 'tex/context/base/context.tex' in the archive around line 18.
The first patch corrects a known-bug in this version of the ConTeXt source.
The second patch updates 'tetex.spec'. It removes the old sources, unpacks the
new archive and patches it. The Perl scripts are made executable and linked to
It's a hack, but it has been verified to work...
Created attachment 45880 [details]
ConTeXt source patch to spec-fdf.tex (bugfix for rounded frames. Version 2002.1.28)
Created attachment 45881 [details]
Patch to tetex.spec (tetex-1.0.7-40) that updates ConTeXt to a recent version.
ConTeXt updated in 1.0.7-42. Thanks.
I'll close this as 'deferred' so that we can look at splitting the package out