[xml/sgml-pkgs] Bug#440518: too

Juhapekka Tolvanen juhtolv at iki.fi
Mon Jul 28 02:17:27 UTC 2008

On Mon, 28 Jul 2008, +04:34:25 EEST (UTC +0300),
Daniel Leidert <Daniel.Leidert.Spam at gmx.net> pressed some keys:

> Juhapekka Tolvanen wrote:
> > I suffer this bug, too. Especially this make me angry:
> > 
> > Suggests: fop | passivetex (>= 1.23)
> > 
> > passivetex is still not available
> passivetex support is AFAIK going to be dropped upstream. So there is no sense
> to re-add this buggy [1] piece of software to Debian.
> > and this stupid software called xmlto
> > can not use fop, although I have installed.
> Don't you think, this is a *really* "stupid" problem description? xmlto just calls some
> commands. If they fail, there is most likely a problem in your toolchain and not in
> xmlto itself. But I cannot check this without a problem description.
> > 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.
> Describe your problem and stop flaming!

I mean: I get exactly the same error message as told in initial


% xmlto pdf README.xml
Making portrait pages on a4 paper (210mmx297mm)
PassiveTeX is needed for this format, but it is not installed. Please install
the passivetex package.

But now I realize, that xmlto has also option "--with-fop". If I use it,
xmlto works fine.

IMHO the best way to fix xmlto may be something like this: Use fop by
default. If it is not available, try dblatex. Both of them could be
explicitly chosen via commandline options, too.

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