[R-sig-Debian] [OT] LaTeX peculiarities in Ubuntu 9.10 beta

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Mon Oct 19 21:45:36 CEST 2009

On Mon, Oct 19, 2009 at 2:15 PM, Kurt Hornik <Kurt.Hornik at wu.ac.at> wrote:
>>>>>> Dirk Eddelbuettel writes:
>> On 19 October 2009 at 13:41, Douglas Bates wrote:
>> | I am running the beta test version of Ubuntu 9.10, x86_64 on a machine
>> | and encountered some peculiarities in LaTeX called through
>> |
>> | R-devel CMD texi2pdf file.tex
>> |
>> | The tilde character in the input, which should produce a non-breaking
>> | space, is now being rendered as a tilde.  Does anyone know where I
>> | could begin exploring for explanations and/or workarounds?
>> With Kurt and myself.  :-)
> Actually, I recently talked to Karl Berry about this, and he will modify
> upstream so that the tilde magic only gets performed for texinfo
> sources.  (He did not apply the patch to upstream yet, though.)

So the temporary workaround is not to use texi2pdf but instead use pdflatex?

> Best
> -k
>> We had a years-long buglet where R builds "broke" latexing for alpha/beta/rc
>> releases such as the one I made this morning. Here, I use a scheme such as
>> R-2.9.10~20091019 in both the package version and the build directory as dpkg
>> sorts this lower than plain old R-2.9.10 and the final releases will cleanly
>> replace the alpha/beta/rc variants.  However, this then broke the texinfo-to-pdf
>> conversion as texinfo et al choked over the ~ in the directory name.  So all
>> alpha/beta/rc build has essentially no pdf manuals.
>> I think the last thing I heard from Kurt on this a few months back was that
>> the 'feature' you observed had appeared. I am a little fuzzy on the details
>> but maybe Kurt can fill in.
>> But FWIW latex'ing this
>>   \documentclass[12pt]{article}
>>   \begin{document}
>>   Here are two~words separated by a tilde.
>>   \end{document}
>> does not show a tilde in the pdf that resulted on Debian testing, with the
>> packages below.  Maybe an Ubuntu bug report is needed?  My two machines with
>> 9.10 beta are currently unreachable for me.
>> Dirk
>> edd at ron:~> COLUMNS=74 dpkg -l | grep texlive
>> ii  texlive-base   2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: Essential programs and files
>> ii  texlive-base-b 2007.dfsg.2-7  TeX Live: Essential binaries
>> ii  texlive-common 2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: Base component
>> ii  texlive-doc-ba 2007.dfsg.2-2  TeX Live: Base documentation
>> ii  texlive-extra- 2007.dfsg.2-7  TeX Live: TeX auxiliary programs
>> ii  texlive-fonts- 2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: Recommended fonts
>> ii  texlive-generi 2007.dfsg.17-2 TeX Live: Miscellaneous extra generic macros
>> ii  texlive-generi 2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: Miscellaneous generic macros
>> ii  texlive-latex- 2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: Basic LaTeX packages
>> ii  texlive-latex- 2007.dfsg.17-2 TeX Live: LaTeX supplementary packages
>> ii  texlive-latex- 2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: LaTeX recommended packages
>> ii  texlive-pictur 2007.dfsg.2-4  TeX Live: Packages for drawings graphics
>> ii  texlive-scienc 2007.dfsg.17-2 TeX Live: Typesetting for natural and comput
>> edd at ron:~>
>> --
>> Three out of two people have difficulties with fractions.

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