[tex-live] teTeX: no next release

Robin Fairbairns Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sat Jun 3 10:03:08 CEST 2006

> >>>>> "Karl" == Karl Berry <karl at freefriends.org> writes:
>   > 5) Of course, anyone is free to make dvi's, with or without source
>   > specials, if they wish, for redistribution or whatever.  If it's
>   > done in a timely and systematic way, personally I would be happy
>   > to include the dvi's on the TC DVD, or in TL, or whatever makes
>   > sense, we can figure it out if it comes to pass.  But I can't take
>   > on the additional job of creating them.
> It is impossible to provide dvi files for all dtx files unless this
> can be done automatically.  If someone writes such a script, it's
> better not to use it to create dvi files which go into TeXLive.  
> It's much better to distribute just that script.

the problem is precisely that such a script has to have built-in
knowledge about the package and how its docs are supposed to be
processed.  there are a significant number of packages on ctan that
just won't work in (what i think of as) the standard way -- process
.ins, process .dtx -- enough that every so often i'm surprised by
another twist.  yesterday's little excitement was a package that
demanded to be processed by pdflatex: no particular reason, just the
author apparently thought that would be a good thing to do.

if i were king of the world, none of this would happen...


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