[tex-live] Ruby interpreter for Windows in the TeXLive distribution?

Richard Gabriel rgabriel at kerio.com
Thu Jun 29 07:50:30 CEST 2006

Yes, I forgot to mention that I had in mind the Windows installation.
Currently, the bin/win32 directory contains perl.exe and even bzip2.exe, gzip.exe, gunzip.exe etc. None of them are unfortunately present on a Windows machine by default. :-(
Regarding ConTeXt itself - with the current distribution (TeXLive 2005), it is possible to install TeXLive and run ConTeXt directly (because the version included still uses Perl scripts). If you add the recent ConTeXt into the next TeXLive distribution, the Windows users will have to install something additional or they will probably use ConTeXt with the old Perl scripts.
So I'd suggest to include the Ruby interpreter for Windows into the TeXLive distribution if possible (I don't know how about the licensing issues etc.).



From: Reinhard Kotucha [mailto:reinhard.kotucha at web.de]
To: Gerben Wierda [mailto:Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl]
Cc: TeX Live production [mailto:tex-live at tug.org]
Sent: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 01:45:46 +0200
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Ruby interpreter in the TeXLive distribution?

>>>>> "Gerben" == Gerben Wierda <Gerben.Wierda at rna.nl> writes:
    > On Jun 28, 2006, at 16:58, Richard Gabriel wrote:
    >> Hello TeXLive maintainers,
    >> I'd like to ask the following question: ConTeXt has 'migrated'
    >> most of its scripts from Perl to Ruby.  Would it be possible to
    >> include Ruby to the TeXLive distribution?
    > I wonder if that would be a good idea. Perl is not part of TL
    > either, is it? 
  Yes, there is a Perl for Windows.
    > What could help people is to add warnings if certain tools are not
    > available, advising the user to install them.
  No need to provide these programs for UNIX.  But for Windows it's
  helpful if important programs are on the CD or DVD.
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