[tex-k] Bug#383781: Size limitation for dvips output files

Hilmar Preusse hille42 at web.de
Mon Sep 20 17:38:44 CEST 2010

tags 383781 + wontfix

On 17.09.10 Karl Berry (karl at freefriends.org) wrote:

Hi Karl,

> Hi Hille -- the short answer is no (as far as I can tell).
> Here's the long answer:

Many thanks for the long answer.

> Meanwhile, the workaround for dvips that Tom gave ages ago, as reported
> in http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=383781 (dvips
> foo.dvi -o - >foo.ps) seems reasonable to me.  The only reason to even
> consider pursuing largefile at all, IMHO, is for
> pdftex/luatex/xetex/dvipdfmx/whatever PDF output.
> So, as far as I can see, it will take untold hours of effort to fix this
> upstream.  Given that there are only a tiny number of developers and
> many more urgent problems with real user impact to fix, I don't see
> largefile happening without some new and very dedicated volunteer (you?)
> coming forward to seriously sort out these issues.
> If, for Debian, you feel like building dvips separately, and with
> largefile support, go for it.  Patches most welcome.
I don't think we'll try to build a new dvips differing from the
upstream version. The problem does not exist on AMD64, sooner all
later all people will use 64 bit computers and the problem will be
gone. ;-)

> So, overall, I'm afraid you may as well mark this wontfix.
Doing so.

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		-- Paul Valery

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