[tex-live] Better ways to find packages and documentation

Norbert Preining preining at logic.at
Thu Jul 5 07:09:18 CEST 2007

On Don, 05 Jul 2007, Oliver Bandel wrote:
> But what not is easy, is to follow the discussion, if one is not
> already deep into the field of texlive / TeX-directoty sturcture,
> CTAN-filesystem and the tagging-stuff.
> Mee... I'm only a programmer, and I like it most to write code from
> scratch. That's the reason why I stopped working with Norbert on his
> perl-stuff.

Take as an example Florent, who also didn't have any idea about the new
infrastructure, nor the internal packaging of TeX Live. But he decided
to read and try to understand the current status FIRST, and then making

> Tell me what we need as input and what wee need as output,
> then I can start.

We don't need black boxes, we need people understanding what has to be
done and why. 

We don't need programming machines.

If you want you can still participated, but AFTER you get yourself
knowledgable with the internals.

Best wishes


Dr. Norbert Preining <preining at logic.at>        Vienna University of Technology
Debian Developer <preining at debian.org>                         Debian TeX Group
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