[metapost] Metapost beta 1.091 release
lfinsto1 at gwdg.de
Wed Jul 30 11:02:02 CEST 2008
Thank you for your reply.
On Wed, 30 Jul 2008, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> Long time no see. I guess you're in now because the message got through.
Yes, I got back in, thanks.
> This is the lua mplib extension module, I should make building and
> listing that an option to the build script, that would be better.
I thought it had something to do with building shared libraries and I read
something about libraries being linked in statically. I haven't checked
to see exactly what's done.
> This is probably normal. Whether or not copying of texmf.cnf works
> depends on the actual contents of that texmf.cnf. In your case,
> it probably contained relative paths instead of absolute ones.
I tried renaming `texmf.cnf' and it no longer worked. A long time ago, I
did something with `texmf.cnf' files, but I don't really remember the
details of KPATHSEA. It was more a matter of guessing what could be
wrong, fiddling, and hoping it worked. Fortunately, it did.
None of these problems was really difficult to solve, although they did
cause a certain amount of gnashing of teeth. Of couse, you know best
how to manage the MetaPost package, but I thought if I, i.e., a person who
has some experience with installing packages, Unix systems, TeX and
friends, etc., have problems, then someone who doesn't have much experience
might be put off, which would be a shame.
For example, is there a reason why `mpost.mem' can't be
generated by `build.sh'? I really only know about `INIMP' or `INIMPOST'
because I once used `initex' and have in the past read _The TeXBook_ and
_The METAFONTbook_ fairly thoroughly. I hadn't used either of them in
I had actually given up and installed the last stable version I found at
CTAN. When I saw that it was from 2002 or 2003 (I'd have to check to be
sure), I decided to have another go at installing 1.091.
None of this is meant as criticism; I know how tricky it can be setting
up a distribution so that it can be installed on other peoples' systems
and MetaPost does seem to be a rather complex system, having watched the
terminal output of `build.sh'.
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