[xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#440518: Bug#440518: I suffer this bug (and bug #416622), too

Andreas Hoenen andreas at hoenen-terstappen.de
Sun Jul 27 09:23:37 UTC 2008

Juhapekka Tolvanen <juhtolv at iki.fi> wrote:

> Package: xmlto
> Version: 0.0.20-2
> Followup-For: Bug #440518
> I suffer this bug, too. Especially this make me angry:
> Suggests: fop | passivetex (>= 1.23)
> passivetex is still not available and this stupid software called xmlto
> can not use fop, although I have installed. It may be waste of time to
> wait those other people to get passivetex back to Debian. Meanwhile you
> can make this software to use fop.

For me using xmlto with the fop backend succeeds when working around the
fop bug #447951 [1]:

ah at manetheren:~/work/fop/demo$ ls -l
total 8
-rw-r--r-- 1 ah ah 166 2008-07-27 10:47 bts447951.xsl
-rw-r--r-- 1 ah ah 322 2008-07-27 10:27 example.xml
ah at manetheren:~/work/fop/demo$ cat bts447951.xsl
<?xml version="1.0"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" version="1.0">
  <xsl:param name="draft.mode">no</xsl:param>
ah at manetheren:~/work/fop/demo$ xmlto -m bts447951.xsl --with-fop pdf example.xml
Making portrait pages on a4 paper (210mmx297mm)
27-Jul-08 11:18:32 AM org.apache.fop.hyphenation.Hyphenator getHyphenationTree
SEVERE: Couldn't find hyphenation pattern en
ah at manetheren:~/work/fop/demo$ echo $?
ah at manetheren:~/work/fop/demo$ ls -l
total 16
-rw-r--r-- 1 ah ah  166 2008-07-27 10:47 bts447951.xsl
-rw-r--r-- 1 ah ah 6316 2008-07-27 11:18 example.pdf
-rw-r--r-- 1 ah ah  322 2008-07-27 10:27 example.xml

I won't blame xmlto for the fop problem and thus consider the package
usable (although not perfect).  Furthermore fop's current upstream
maintainer, Ondřej Vašík, has told me in a private mail that he
considers to add support for the dblatex backend in a future xmlto
version, which is another alternative to passivetex.

Thus forget about your anger, try to motivate the maintainers and
authors (it's all voluntary work after all), and the situation should
improve further.

[1] http://bugs.debian.org/447951

Regards, Andreas
Andreas Hoenen <andreas at hoenen-terstappen.de>
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