[tex-live] Debian Packages of TeXlive

Sebastian Rahtz sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk
Fri Jan 14 17:52:02 CET 2005

Frank Küster wrote:

> was the ctan2tds.pl script.
>I have seen thread in de.comp.text.tex coming up a couple of times where
>people dreamed of a platform-independent installer program that would
>fetch updated versions of any package from CTAN and install them into a
>local hierarchy. As far as I remember, the dreaming never got into an
>implementation because everybody said that it would be practically
>impossible to find out the right destination directories (and the
>correct commands for building the documentation), or to keep a list of
>these. But it seems it is already there!
don't get too excited. It only works 95% of the time, and isn't
a marvel of software engineering. It works for me, because
I understand it, but to make it sensible for general purpose
use would require a fair bit of work. Not least, putting all the rules
and exceptions into an external configuration file (in XML).

still, its the way practically all the texmf tree updates get made.


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