[tex-live] Suggestion for future releases

Karl Berry karl at freefriends.org
Fri Mar 16 17:13:52 CET 2007

    Would it be possible to put in some verification in the Catalogue

Well, the CTAN folks maintain the Catalogue.  I am not sure what the
story is on the file: url's, how they are determined, who might be using
them, etc.

    Since the catalogue is quite often what you get as output from


As it happens, I removed the catalogue package from TL development a few
days ago, since it seemed to serve no purpose and is always out of date.
It seems like overkill to have the entire Catalogue just for these
references, especially when you have found that they are typically

As I said before, a lot could be done in this area.  The texdoc shell
script seems pretty simple.  If someone would like to volunteer, writing
a new texdoc in Perl that is smarter about finding files, allows an
override file, etc., does not seem terribly hard to me.  (Writing it in
Perl means it would have a chance of working on Windows.)  Anyone?

Regarding the other suggestion, adding texmf aliases seems like the
wrong way to go.


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