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and subject line Re: Bug#864201: jessie dblatex breaks 
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I'd kindly ask you to consider a fix for BTS #863890 for the next
jessie point release:

It has been reported that jessie-stretch dist-upgrades abort because
of the dblatex postrm script failing: it calls texlive-binaries
command mktexlsr which is unavailable at this very moment.

The fix is simple, but needs to be applied to the jessie version of
dblatex.  BTW, is there a final jessie point release planned to fix
such dist-upgrade problems?  This would help as users are expected to
upgrade to the latest jessie point release before upgrading to

Thanks for your feedback on this, Andreas

- -- System Information:
Debian Release: 9.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (990, 'testing'), (500, 'unstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64

Kernel: Linux 4.9.0-3-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)


diff -Nru dblatex-0.3.5/debian/changelog dblatex-0.3.5/debian/changelog
--- dblatex-0.3.5/debian/changelog      2014-12-07 15:10:52.000000000 +0100
+++ dblatex-0.3.5/debian/changelog      2017-06-05 09:35:43.000000000 +0200
@@ -1,3 +1,14 @@
+dblatex (0.3.5-3) stable; urgency=high
+  * Remove the call of command "mktexlsr" in postrm:
+    + It has been reported for some installations to result in upgrade errors
+      when dist-upgrading from jessie to stretch due to the command being
+      temporarily unavailable when dblatex postrm is called.
+    + It is superfluous: mktexlsr gets called via a trigger anyway.
+    Closes: #863890
+ -- Andreas Hoenen <>  Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:35:43 
 dblatex (0.3.5-2) unstable; urgency=low
   * 20_nb_quotes_in_title.patch:
diff -Nru dblatex-0.3.5/debian/postrm dblatex-0.3.5/debian/postrm
--- dblatex-0.3.5/debian/postrm 2012-05-03 20:40:15.000000000 +0200
+++ dblatex-0.3.5/debian/postrm 2017-06-05 09:35:43.000000000 +0200
@@ -19,42 +19,10 @@
 case "$1" in
-    remove|upgrade|failed-upgrade|abort-install|abort-upgrade|disappear)
-        # A call to 'mktexlsr' is needed to unregister the dblatex TeX files
-        # in the TeX database '/var/lib/texmf/ls-R-TEXMFMAIN'.
-        #
-        # This call won't do any harm even if it might be superfluous in
-        # special postrm cases, but it may take some time.
-        # Thus a performance optimization can be applied to the main case
-        # of successful package upgrade:
-        # As the new version's postinst script will register the new version's
-        # dblatex TeX files in the TeX database, the old version's files that
-        # have vanished in the new version will be unregistered implicitly 
-        # Thus in the case of successful upgrade to another dblatex version
-        # supporting the TeX (de)registration the deregistration call can be
-        # left out as a superfluous duplicate.
-        if test "$1" = upgrade -a -n "$2" && \
-           dpkg --compare-versions "$2" ge 0.1.9-3
-        then
-            true # Unregistration will be executed implicitly by
-                 # 'new-postinst configure'.
-        else
-            mktexlsr /usr/share/texmf # Unregister dblatex TeX files in TeX.
-        fi
-        ;;
-        # TeX unregistration has already been executed before.
-        # (Besides that mktexlsr is not guaranteed to be available at purge
-        #  as it belongs to a non-essential package.)
         # Remove dblatex configuration directory.
         rm --recursive --force /etc/dblatex
-    *)
-        echo "postrm called with unknown argument \`$1'" >&2
-        exit 1
 # dh_installdeb will replace this with shell code automatically

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On 2017-08-08 21:45, Adam D. Barratt wrote:
> On Mon, 2017-06-05 at 15:05 +0200, Andreas Beckmann wrote:
>> On Mon, 05 Jun 2017 09:22:00 +0000 Niels Thykier <> wrote:
>>> Thanks for filing this issue.  I have cloned a copy of it to the
>>> release-notes as it is too late to fix in jessie before the stretch release.
>> I think I identified the underlying cause and that can be fixed
>> trivially: just changing a dependency from texlive-math-extra to
>> texlive-science (plus removing superfluous mktexlsr calls from the
>> maintainer scripts to avoid future breakage).
>> texlive-math-extra is a real package in jessie but a virtual package in
>> stretch, that gives apt a headache and it decides to remove dblatex (and
>> does it at the wrong time).
>> That fix should avoid updating the jessie package and avoid needing
>> something in the release notes :-)
> Did anything happen there in the end?

fixed before the release in dblatex 0.3.9-3 in stretch (via sid), no
further action needed


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