[tex-live] ifxetex package missing from collection-xetex

Siep Kroonenberg siepo at cybercomm.nl
Sun Feb 4 16:20:52 CET 2007

On Sat, Feb 03, 2007 at 08:13:04PM +0100, Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
> >>>>> "Philip" == Philip Taylor (Webmaster) <" <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk>> writes:
>   > Reinhard Kotucha wrote:
>   >> Phil, as you know I'm not a Windows user (except at work).  Most
>   >> Windows users use MikTeX (I had been told).  I don't know
>   >> anything about MikTeX but I assume that you tried it.  Can you
>   >> explain briefly why you prefer TeXLive over MikTeX?
>   > That's quite difficult to answer, because my perceptions are
>   > blurred by the passage of time.  I am reasonably confident that
>   > there /was/ a time when I used MikTeX, but I seem to recall that I
>   > ran into some problems which I was unable to solve.  I therefore
>   > consulted Sebastian (he and Chris Rowley are the two people to
>   > whom I turn when I am /really/ stuck), and he advised that I
>   > migrate to TeX Live.  This I did, and I have never looked back.
> Maybe Christian Schenk helps people too if they ask him.  But
> nevertheless, a big advantage of TeXLive (on Windows) is that it can
> be customized without changing the registry.  This is, in my opinion,
> significantly easier.  See also TUGBoat 27/1, pages 24...25.
> Regards,
>   Reinhard

One reason for MikTeX's popularity may be that TeXnicCenter and
WinEdit configure themselves almost automatically for MikTeX.
TeXnicCenter appears to consult the registry for this; I didn't
check WinEdt.

MikTeX has GUI tools for at least some configuration, so
end users don't have to access the registry directly.

Don't construct this as a defense of the registry. I consider it an
insane, evil invention.

Of course, for a shared network install you want a preconfigured
user installation, and then GUI tools aren't much help.  For MikTeX
2.5 things were a bit harder than for MikTeX 2.4, and I have heard
of other people who gave up on MikTeX 2.5 for a network install.

Siep Kroonenberg

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