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Subject: Bug#415003: marked as forwarded texlive-latex-extra: newlfm doesn't properly obey 'nofrom' options
From: Debian Bug Tracking System
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 17:30:18 +0000
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regarding texlive-latex-extra: newlfm doesn't properly obey 'nofrom' options
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Subject: Re: Bug#415003: texlive-latex-extra: newlfm doesn't properly obey 'nofrom' options
From: Frank Küster
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2007 18:27:33 +0100
Dear Paul,

I'm the maintainer of TeXLive in Debian, which contains your newlfm
LaTeX class.  A user has reported a problem with the class:

Cameron Horsburgh <[email protected]> wrote:

> I'm trying to get newlfm to produce letters suitable for printing
> straight onto my company's preprinted stationery. Because the
> stationery already has contact details printed, I do not need newlfm
> to to produce those details. newlfm has options to do this --- for
> example, I pass the option [busletternofrom] to the documentclass,
> although there are other ways of doing this.
> However: if I pass any option to turn the contact details off, the
> addressee's address disappears also. All other options (placement,
> etc) work properly.

I haven't tried this---Cameron, it would be great if you could provide a
minimal example so that we can see what you are doing exactly, see


> I went to CTAN to see if there was a newer version. It reports version
> 9.1 of the class, but when I compile the .dtx file the resulting .cls
> file is only version 8.3, which I believe is the one packaged with
> Debian.

Paul, this is really strange.  The file contains \changes up to
{v9.1}{2004/09/16}, but \ProvidesFile still says 

[2004/11/02 v8.3 Letter-Fax-Memo LaTeX Document Class]

There's one more thing:  One the one hand, you state that the file is
under the GPL, on the other hand you write

% You are not allowed to change this file. 

Unfortunately, this is incompatible with the GPL, which forbids any
restrictions that are not explicit in the standard text.  If you don't
want to drop it, I suggest that you use the LPPL version 1.3 (or later).
The LPPL gives such a protection, although not for the filename, but for
the name with which the file announces itself to LaTeX (\ProvidesFile).

Naturally both will be the same for any sane file, and insane people
won't respect renaming clauses, anyway. 

Regards, Frank

Dr. Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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