[texdoc] problem with texdoc and finding manuals on Debian

Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard mpg at elzevir.fr
Mon Aug 6 10:12:33 CEST 2012

On 06/08/2012 10:02, Norbert Preining wrote:
> On Mo, 06 Aug 2012, Manuel Pégourié-Gonnard wrote:
>> Which actual viewer is selected by xdg-open on your system? Is it blocking? From
> Uggg ... right ... xdg-open is NOT blocking... argg, I guess I have
> to go back to see otherwise it will not work.
Yes, more precisely it is not *always* blocking, depending on the selected
viewer (on my box, it selects evince and everything works fine).

My humble opinion is te people who develop viewer should always make them
blocking, since it is trivial to turn a blocking viewer into a non-blocking one
using a wrapper script, but the converse is much harder. But of course an
opinion doesn't help.

> That is unfortunately not an option on Debian, if someone is using
> KDE or any other environment. evince might not be installed, nor okular,
> etc. xdg-open tries to work around that that people can set their own
> plus system defaults etc etc, so that is the reason I switched
> to xdg-open some time ago. And since all of the texlive docs are
> not compressed, there is no problem.

> I will have to think about it, but don't see a good solution for now
> but trying to get an update to pgf and latex-beamer into the archive
> that ships uncompressed pdfs, and for latex-beamer also adds a link.
I think that may be the best short-term solution.


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