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Re: TeXlive 2008 in Fedora 11?



2009/1/29 Kevin Kofler <kevin kofler chello at>:
> Nicolas Mailhot wrote:
>> Of course new modular packaging of TEX would take care of both issues,
>> if enough packagers could be found to submit packages for each part of
>> TEX, checking its licensing at the same time.
>
> Modular packaging means several orders of magnitude more work. If we don't
> even have the manpower for monolithic packaging, we definitely don't have
> it for modular packaging.

Not necessarily in this case. From a thousand miles up, the process of
creating texlive upstream basically involves taking packages from ctan
and assembling them into the texlive tree using various scripts
(notably ctan2tl and ctan2tds and others) which is then used to create
the texlive distribution. I've been wondering if it would be possible
to adapt these scripts to be used during RPM build time to package
upstream ctan tarballs. More work needed though. An approach like this
is worth considering though I think. Of course, this applies to
packages and fonts mainly, not the tex binaries.

J.


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