[tex-live] Proposal for collection reorganization

gnwiii at gmail.com gnwiii at gmail.com
Tue Jun 6 14:21:24 CEST 2006

On 6/4/06, Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> > [...]
> > >   bin-pdftools -- Support tools for PDF files.
> > >   bin-thumbpdf -- Thumbnails for pdfTeX and dvips/ps2pdf.
> > >   eso-pic -- Add picture commands (or backgrounds) to every page.
> > >
> > > pdftools and thumbpdf could probably moved to collection-context (especially
> > > since they are links to texexec!!!).
> when did thumbpdf stop being a standalone script (called by a shell
> wrapper).

It still is, the confusion is in the name of the generic shell wrapper
that does "perl `kpsewhich -format=texmfscripts $0` ...", which got
called "texexec" instead of "generic_wrapper_to_run_perl_scripts".

On debian with texlive:
$  file $(which thumbpdf)
/usr/bin/thumbpdf: symbolic link to `texexec'

> making it a texexec call means latex users have to have to load
> context bundle, regardless.
> doesn't bother me (since i've got decent sized discs) but makes a bit
> of a mockery of carefully separating the context and latex bundles.

For many (pdfe)TeX users, context has become is an essential utility due to the
mpost support macros and robust scripts for pstopdf, pdftrimwhite, etc .

btw -- the current context provides a "texmfstart" script, so
"perl `kpsewhich -format=texmfscripts texexec.pl` ..." has become
"ruby `kpsewhich -format=texmfscripts texmfstart.rb` texexec.rb ...".

So the "generic_wrapper_to_run_scripts" formerly known as texexec
needs to have a ruby counterpart, or we a new script that "knows"
which names get passed to perl and which ruby.

Hope your disk has space for ruby too!

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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