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

Reinhard Kotucha reinhard.kotucha at web.de
Sat Jul 7 11:34:42 CEST 2007

Florent Rougon writes:
 > Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:
 > > A package can be split among a TEXMF tree and several bin/<platform>
 > > trees.  There will be certainly one database for the whole system.
 > So, you're contradicting Norbert here. Which changes the infrastructure
 > from which the DB is built.

You misunderstand.  I did not make a proposal.  I just told you what
we already have.  Look into texlive.tlpdb and search for 
"name bin-bibtex8".  You'll see that this package provides files which
go into bin/<platform> and files which go into texmf/.
 > I'm getting a bit tired of this discussion (and I physically cannot type
 > too much anyway, and we've now gotten to the point where I have to slow
 > down). So, I believe I'll simply design my DB format myself and read the
 > DB files from /usr/share/progname, /usr/local/share/progname and
 > ~/.progname/ on Unix.

Currently I'm parsing Norbert's texlive.tlpdb myself.  It's quite easy
because the file format is simple.  I'll look into Norbert's modules
now and switch to them; at the moment I don't know whether they
provide everything I need.  It was easier to parse texlive.tlpdb
myself in order to do some tests.  I believe that when I switch to
Norbert's modules, I'll be more independet from the database itself.  


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