[tex-live] Re: time to get rid of MakeTeXPK?

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Tue Mar 23 23:26:33 CET 2004

> is it time to get rid of MakeTeXPK?
> * it is not used anywhere on current distributions of teTeX, TeX Live,
>   etc
> * there is virtually no chance that it might be needed in some
>   scenario when some old program is installed in parallel with new
>   system (there were so many changes anyway so that it is extremely
>   unlikely that this can happen and/or might work).

and it's ok to assume that everyone who wants to use a metafont-only
font can generate the bitmaps for themselves?  or just go hang?  find
themselves an earlier distribution?

i think not.  it doesn't cost much to keep the thing; and the anguish
from users (who have a hard enough time as it is) isn't worth the gain
of deleting the thing.

note: one of the standard references, the comprehensive symbol list,
recommends a wide range of metafont-only fonts.  the thing's too useful
to throw away, and too large to rewrite.

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