[tex-live] supp* on TL [was:] Proposal for collection reorganization

Staszek Wawrykiewicz staw at gust.org.pl
Wed Jun 7 06:41:43 CEST 2006

> i have no problem with providing 
> supp-pdf-ripoff.tex 
> supp-mis-ripoff.tex 
> which tne can be put someplace else in the tree (i.e. someone whould 
> then adapt latex to load that file); the independent mptopdf format 
> is something else; if someone wants that, installing the context tex 
> files is a small price to pay (mptopdf provides more features and may 
> even demand more context support files once metapost gets extended). 

May I vote against that? Hans, please, it would be a horror to keep
the two instances, even for you. Not to mention that latex users have to 
follow that (also in all existing documentations), and... even pdftex 
basic example should be changed.
Let's try to find an another solution which could satisfy all (not only
latex and context users :-)
Please, consider that supp* files were adopted by the rest of the world
(Robin and Karl have already kindly mentioned well that).
So, having always in mind that such files are _basic_ for context users,
would you please consider moving them to tex/generic/context/
Of course, you can still keep such a new layout in cont-tmf.zip.
Both pdflatex and context users could benefit it in the real distributions
like TL, MiKTeX, etc. All in all, the packagers like Karl or Christian or me
could provide collections like "context" (context+cont-mpd), as well as
pdfetex (containing only cont-mpd). It would be somehow easier to follow such
exception for distributions.

> Having LaTeX load duplicate files named supp-*-whatever.tex seems
> like a recipe for inconsistencies to me.  But if we want to go this
> route, it could be done without any need for time spent by Hans.

ACK, I believe that Hans hears and would kindly accept my suggestions...

Staszek Wawrykiewicz
StaW at gust.org.pl

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