[tex-live] texdoc under windows

Frank Küster frank at kuesterei.ch
Sun Jun 10 16:02:29 CEST 2007

Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Frank Küster <frank at kuesterei.ch> wrote:
>> I was talking about texdoc, texdoctk is something different.  It's
>> written in Perl, and if any changes are needed to make it run under
>> Windows, I'd rather make these in the existing implementation.  The real
>> problem of texdoctk, as Reinhard has pointed out, is maintaining the
>> database.  
> couldn't we generate the database from the doc stuff in the tpm files --
> perhaps with some heuristics about what files should go into the
> database?
> that way we could in principle make the database on the fly as part of
> installation, so not listing packages that aren't installed, and
> ensuring all relevant documentation is listed for the packages that
> _are_ installed.

In my view, the problem is *not* to get a list of documentation files,
but to group them in a sensible order based on use cases (texdoctk has
"Mathematics", "Slides", "Macro programming", "Fonts" and the like) and
(ideally) to also get some short description for each document
(texdoctk.dat contains such a description for each document).

Regards, Frank
Frank Küster
Single Molecule Spectroscopy, Protein Folding @ Inst. f. Biochemie, Univ. Zürich
Debian Developer (teTeX/TeXLive)

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