[tex-live] Updating packages over the internet a la MiKTeX

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Sun Jun 6 14:56:46 CEST 2004

Gerben Wierda wrote:

> It could be a lot simpler if we had one repository with versioning and 
> 'quality control' (read TDS conformance). Or in other words, CTAN is 
> only usable for geeks (read the install docs, run scripts, makefiles, 
> etc) but a true repository could be used automatically by software 
> without simple users being confronted with technical stuff. A bit like 
> the MiKTeX cache in CTAN is.
Surely we already have what you want? we have the geeks resource in 
CTAN, and the quality-controlled, TDS-ized subset in TeX Live.
All that is missing is replication of TL as a public resource, and a web 
service front end for TL.

> The situation is now the opposite of logical and it results in 
> maintenance in more than one place. That is a waste of energy.
I am not understanding this. Where is maintenance work being duplicated?



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