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RE: [Axiom-developer] build-improvements and latex

From: Page, Bill
Subject: RE: [Axiom-developer] build-improvements and latex
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 09:47:47 -0500

On Wednesday, November 08, 2006 8:19 AM Gaby wrote:
> ...
> Bill Page wrote:
> | In my opinion it is only an accident that axiom.sty.pamphlet
> | has this name and contains only one root chunk. In general this
> | is not the case.
> The axiom.sty.pamphlet is inded very special.  Its purpose and
> its functionality are not the same like any others.  We should
> not forget that. 

I don't understand. In what way is it special? To me it looks
just like any other "header" file and could easily be a chunk
in some other latex-related file.

It seems to me the only peculiarity here is with the latex
command as reported by Waldek:

that when given the command:


by default looks for


in the current directory even though the common practice is to name
the file


and to locate it in the shared texmf file tree. To me this is
strange and unexpected. I cannot find this behaviour documented
anywhere on the web. So it looks like a bug in tex to me.

Changing axiom.sty.pamphlet to axiom-sty.pamphlet and added a
chunk named <<asxiom.sty>>= still seems like the right thing to
do to avoid this "bug". I one sentence explanation in the pamphlet
file should be enough documentation for such a simple change that
is otherwise consistent with the rest of the Axiom source code.

Bill Page.

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