[tex-k] Interesting problems with EPS file searchng (with dvips)

Karl Berry karl@freefriends.org
Sat, 8 Dec 2001 09:48:11 -0500

    Certainly encoding these paths in the dvi is a bad idea to begin with.


    - Treat explicit relative like implicit relative.
      This still requires that your directly layout matches, at least.

I don't think this is a good idea because a user may type ./foo.tex to
an input prompt and expect it to actually read the file ./foo.tex even
though .'s position in the search path would imply finding a different
file.  That's why I implemented "explicit relative" the way I did in the
first place.

    - Try first using the relative path, if not found try again just using
      the basename.  Imposes the fewest constraints, but I suppose it also
      can lead to surpising results due to the wrong files being found.

Given Tom's position, being a recipient of a dvi file with paths wrongly
encoded, this change seems like a good idea to handle the situation.
Other options seem more complex.

Except for one option: do nothing.  Tom, can you recreate the senders
directory structure so that the explicit relative paths just work?  Or
there's always (sym)links ...