[tex-live] Debian Packages of TeXlive

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Fri Jan 14 18:13:31 CET 2005

Sebastian Rahtz <sebastian.rahtz at computing-services.oxford.ac.uk> wrote:

> Frank Küster wrote:
>>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.

Being able to update 90% of the packages on CTAN would be already

I would consider putting the information not (only) in one external
configuration file, but also in one file per package in its directory on
CTAN. This way, package maintainers notice the feature, and if you're
lucky they start writing and updating their own versions.

Just in case you do write the XML stuff.

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Inst. f. Biochemie der Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer

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