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bug #49925: boostrap depends on biblatex, but biblatex is no longer in debian

Submitter:  Boud Roukema <boud>
Submitted:  Sat 24 Dec 2016 10:57:07 PM UTC
Category:  Installation Severity:  3 - Normal
Item Group:  Configuration file Status:  Fixed
Privacy:  Public Assigned to:  giordano
Open/Closed:  Closed

Sun 25 Dec 2016 12:04:35 AM UTC, comment #4: 

After this bug report, I noticed that even though `doc/plotsrc/all.tex' does load BibLaTeX, it doesn't actually use it! Initially it was inteded to build the references used in the book, but apparently it was never completed! So I just defined bug #49926 to address this issue. As discussed there, we can also use BibTeX (which is currently more common) instead of BibLaTeX.

Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
Project Administrator
Sat 24 Dec 2016 11:37:59 PM UTC, comment #3: 

Great! You can also update the tabs above to select `Closed' in the drop-down menue of `Open/Closed' to officially mark the bug/task as closed.

Mohammad Akhlaghi <makhlaghi>
Project Administrator
Sat 24 Dec 2016 11:35:29 PM UTC, comment #2: 

Thanks! Closed.

Boud Roukema <boud>
Project Member
Sat 24 Dec 2016 11:12:09 PM UTC, comment #1: 

biblatex is still in Debian, but it was moved in the `texlive-bibtex-extra' package (instead of a package on its own): https://packages.debian.org/search?searchon=names&keywords=texlive-bibtex-extra

Mosè Giordano <giordano>
Project Member
Sat 24 Dec 2016 10:57:07 PM UTC, original submission:  

On commit 21362958eaaded332  (i.e. the savannah master branch right now),
on a debian/jessie installation, I tried:

./bootstrap --gnulib-srcdir=/usr/share/gnulib

and the bootstrap procedure crashed with:

! LaTeX Error: File `biblatex.sty' not found.

Type X to quit or <RETURN> to proceed,
or enter new name. (Default extension: sty)

Enter file name:

It looks like biblatex is no longer maintained in Debian GNU/Linux:


I don't know why this is the case.

Forced dependence on a program that is not in debian/stable (or even
available in any other more up-to-date debian version) does not seem
to be a wise interpackage strategy to me. There should at least be a
fallback for non-availability of biblatex - I haven't used biblatex,
but some fallback to bibtex and latex should presumably work.

[I put this in the "configuration file" group because that's
the closest to "bootstrap". Obviously this doesn't really
concern the configure file for a non-git user.]

Boud Roukema <boud>
Project Member


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    Date Changed by Updated Field Previous Value => Replaced by
    2016-12-24 makhlaghi StatusInvalid Fixed
        Assigned toNone giordano
    2016-12-24 boud StatusNone Invalid
        Open/ClosedOpen Closed

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