[tex-live] Re: Debian-TeXlive Proposal II

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Sat Jan 29 18:57:23 CET 2005

    I only suggested that the _Debian_ packages of tex-live and of teTeX
    do it the same way, and I would drop the separation.

I don't see the benefit of Debian rearranging the original source in
this major way.  Do you just not like /usr/share/texmf-dist?

(Personally I think /usr/TeX makes a lot more sense, would be less
implementation work and better for users, but I know that's not going to
go anywhere.)

One big hypothetical -- if there was another TeX distribution (e.g.,
miktex) that was available on debian, it could reuse (and depend on)
texmf-dist packages, but you wouldn't want to try to somehow use part of
texmf from different binaries.  Ok, it doesn't exist today, but ...

Oh, I forgot, you can't support that anyway, since there can be only one
/usr/bin/tex.  Well, never mind I guess.

    After all, it's just a question of removing one entry from
    TEXMF = ..., and of creating the package in a particular way.

"Just"?  You're moving hundreds of megabytes to a different location ...

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